Baker leads Southern Illinois comeback over SDSU in clash

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BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Nic Baker threw for four touchdowns and Southern Illinois rallied from an early 20-point hole to beat host South Dakota State 42-41 in overtime in a matchup of FCS top-10 contenders. No. 8-ranked Southern Illinois maintained its place atop the conference standings with the stunning win over the Jackrabbits. Donovan Spencer’s 10-yard touchdown run to start overtime put Illinois State up 42-35 for its first lead of the day. South Dakota State, ranked third, responded when Chris Oladokun threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Tucker Kraft. Opting to try for the win, Oladokun’s 2-point conversion attempt failed to end it. The Jackrabbits return to action Oct. 16 at Western Illinois. Kickoff is set for noon at Hanson Field in Macomb, Illinois.