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Updated: Saturday September 5, 2009 8:20 PM
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Brian Anderson threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns to lead Marshall to a 31-28 win over Southern Illinois on Saturday.

Chuck Walker had 119 yards on 10 catches, while Cody Slate caught nine passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns for the Thundering Herd . Marshall gained 388 yards of total offense in the season opener for both teams.

The Salukis, who had three turnovers, brought the game within 31-28 with 1:40 left on a 5-yard run by Chris Dieker . Marshall recovered the Salukis' onside kick to win for the first time in three meetings between the two teams.

Dieker finished with four touchdowns - two rushing and two passing. He also threw for 206 yards and gained 24 yards on the ground.

Southern Illinois' running game was led by Deji Karim , who carried the ball 16 times for 67 yards.

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