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5 things you might've missed in UND's 34-17 loss to Southern Illinois

The Fighting Hawks fell behind 24-10 at halftime and gave up seven sacks after giving up eight all of the 2021 season.

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UND running back Tyler Hoosman makes a cut against Southern Illinois on Sept. 24, 2022, at Saluki Stadium in Carbondale, Ill.
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CARBONDALE, Ill. — UND struggled to protect Tommy Schuster and gave up more than 450 yards of total offense in falling 34-17 to Southern Illinois on Saturday at Saluki Stadium.

Here's five things you might've missed in the game.

1. Maag has breakout game

UND wide receiver Garett Maag had five catches for 67 yards for UND, showcasing some of his play-making ability the Fighting Hawks hoped would resurface after battling injuries much of the last two years.

As UND attempted to battle back in the game, Maag made a 19-yard catch on the sideline that was originally called out of bounds but reviewed and overturned.

Maag was able to get one foot down before safety Antonio Fletcher pushed him out.

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It was the most yardage for Maag since 81 yards early in the 2021 season against Utah State.

Maag missed much of last season with hamstring issues, then battled through a hand injury during fall camp this year.

2. UND ground game struggles

UND finished with just 38 rushing yards thanks in part to the seven sacks surrendered to quarterback Tommy Schuster.

It was UND's worst team rushing performance since running for just 4 yards against North Dakota State in 2015.

Tyler Hoosman had 31 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while Isaiah Smith had 20 yards on three carries.

"We just didn't have many possessions the first half," UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. "We drove the ball after the first two (series) and got down there but didn't score and had to settle for a field goal. Momentum really changed there. The score late in the half really changed the momentum, too."

3. A tough opponent awaits

Not only did UND drop to 2-2 on the season with the loss to the Salukis but UND has a tough homecoming matchup next weekend at the Alerus Center.

Missouri State entered the weekend ranked No. 6 in the nation, although the Bears lost 28-14 to South Dakota State on Saturday.

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"It's early in the year, and the facts are this: We're 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the league, and there's a lot of football to be played," Schweigert said. "We sure need each individual to look in the mirror and see what they can do to improve. That includes me as the head coach. We have a long ways to go but we need to be really hungry to improve."

4. UND manages to stay healthy

The Fighting Hawks entered the game mostly healthy, and UND was able to leave the game without any big injuries, as well.

UND wide receiver Elijah Klein played a few snaps for the first time this season, as he recovers from a leg injury.

The Hawks continued to use Grand Forks native Peyton Lotysz at center.

Lotysz, who started at guard against Nebraska, came in for Danny Carroll last week after an early bad snap.

5. No defensive pressure

Not only did UND see Tommy Schuster sacked seven times, but the Fighting Hawks' defense registered no sacks of Southern Illinois quarterback Nic Baker.

UND had sacked Baker four times in both the spring of 2021 in a UND home win and four more times in a fall 2021 road loss to the Salukis.

UND finished with two quarterback hurries — one to Ben McNaboe and one to Ted Mullin.

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The Hawks have never won in Carbondale.

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Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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