1. Schweigert expects Weah back next week

UND running back Otis Weah didn't make the trip to Southern Illinois due to an illness.

After the game, Fighting Hawks head coach Bubba Schweigert said he expects to have Weah back for UND's homecoming game against Western Illinois on Saturday.

"We hope to have Otis back next week at 100 percent," Schweigert said.

Weah was a preseason All-American and a finalist last spring for the Walter Payton Award, which goes to the top offensive player in the FCS.

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Weah missed his second game of the season. He was benched for UND's win over Drake in the Potato Bowl.

2. UND's running back depth is thin

Without Otis Weah in the lineup, UND running backs Luke Skokna and Isaiah Smith handled most of the duties in the backfield.

Skokna missed much of the second half with an injury and Smith needed to be helped off in the final two minutes of the game with a lower-body injury.

"I think he'll be alright," Schweigert said. "He'll be nursing it. It might be one of those things that lingers, so we're concerned."

Skokna was on the sidelines late in the game as UND went with running back Austin Clemetson.

"Luke was banged up," Schweigert said. "We're banged up at tailback. That's a concern for us. Gaven Ziebarth has to be ready to go."

Ziebarth is a true freshman running back who has spent most of the season on the scout team.

3. Clemetson makes plays

With injuries and illness hurting UND's depth at running back, the Fighting Hawks turned to Austin Clemetson, a junior transfer from Wyoming.

Clemetson had three balls for 27 yards including a key fourth-down catch, a 9-yard pickup on fourth-and-4 in the first half to set up Adam Zavalney's touchdown to make it 21-14 in the second quarter.

"Huge catch on fourth down with a one-handed catch," Schweigert said. "That's the sign of a good football team."

Clemetson had a 17-yard catch, as well. He also threw an important block on Tommy Schuster's 2-yard touchdown pass to Brock Boltmann with 2 seconds left in the first half.

4. Stage's injury status is unclear

UND's injury at kicker to Adam Stage was glaring against Southern Illinois as his backup missed two fourth-quarter field goals to tie the game.

After the game, Schweigert commented on Stage's injury.

"He just couldn't do it this week," Schweigert said. "Hopefully, he gets healthy. At this point, Brady is our guy."

5. New kick returners

With UND running back Luke Skokna needed more in the offensive plan with Otis Weah sitting out Saturday, the Fighting Hawks didn't have Skokna lined up as punt and kick returner.

On kick returns, UND tried C.J. Siegel but he fumbled his second attempt and was replaced by Brock Boltmann, who has returned kicks earlier in his career.

On punts, UND used cornerback Evan Holm as punt returner.