By the Numbers: Illinois FCS playoffs history

By the Numbers:  Illinois FCS playoffs history
Quarterback Tre Roberson and Illinois State came within 98 seconds of winning the 2014 FCS national championship. (Tribune photo)

The Western Illinois Leathernecks will represent the Land of Lincoln in the upcoming Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs. Head coach Charlie Fisher's team plays in first-round action Saturday against Weber State.

Here's our Prairie State Pigskin look at Illinois and its FCS programs with a By the Numbers playoffs history lesson.

By the Numbers

5 -- Missouri Valley Football Conference teams in this year's playoff field (including WIU)

6 -- Championships won by Georgia Southern (the most in history)

7 -- Playoff appearances by Illinois State

8 -- Playoff appearances by Southern Illinois

11 -- Playoff appearances by Western Illinois

13 -- Times the championship game was held in Chattanooga (the most of any site)

16 -- Playoff appearances by Eastern Illinois 

24 -- Teams in this year's playoff field

98 -- Seconds that Illinois State came within winning the 2014 FCS national championship. Current Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Carson Wentz drove his North Dakota State Bison 78 yards in 61 seconds to snatch the trophy away from the Redbirds.

1978 -- The first year that FCS existed (it was called I-AA back then). Florida A&M knocked off UMass 35-28 for the title.

1983 -- The year that Southern Illinois won the championship by romping over Western Carolina 43-7

 

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