Concord held West Virginia State to just 211 yards of total offense en route to a 36-3 win in both teams' Mountain East Conference opener Saturday at Callaghan Stadium in Athens.
The Mountain Lions (2-0, 1-0) held advantages over the Yellow Jackets (0-2, 0-1) in virtually every statistical category, including total yards (391-211), passing yards (317-138), rushing yards (74-73) and first downs (15-12).
State quarterback Tyler Seals threw three interceptions, including a 30-yard "pick six" in the third quarter by Concord's Riyahd Richardson. Senior linebacker Jake Lilly had an interception and a game-best 13 tackles for the second time in as many weeks.
Concord's Brian Novak found Tiko Henderson for an 86-yard score as the Mountain Lions pushed their lead to 15-0 midway through the second quarter. State got on the board with a field goal at the 1:33 mark in the first half and headed into halftime trailing 15-3.
Richard's interception return and touchdown runs from redshirt freshman Sam Wright and junior Ben Nester in the fourth quarter capped Concord's scoring.
Henderson hauled in five passes for a career-best 143 yards and Novak finished 21-for-30 passing for 281 yards.
Faulkner was injured late in the second quarter with the Salukis (1-2) holding a 14-3 lead. He suffered a shoulder injury to his non-throwing arm on a 6-yard scramble. He did not return to the game.
West came in to throw a 22-yard touchdown pass to LaSteven McKinney on his third play of the game, giving Southern Illinois a 21-3 lead going into the half. West threw for another touchdown in the third, a 10-yard pass to Kyle Newquist.
The Southern Illinois defense stymied Charleston (0-2), allowing a total of 172 yards. The Golden Eagles got on the board on a Puma Nuredini 49-yard field goal in the second quarter. John Knox scored UC's lone touchdown on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.