ISU Redbirds-NDSU Bison quarterfinals matchup by the numbers

Illinois State and North Dakota State face each other at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals in the FargoDome. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

With eight schools remaining in the 24-team FCS playoff bracket, here's our by-the-numbers salute to the Redbirds and Bison.

ISU Redbirds


— straight weeks that Illinois State tailback James Robinson has rushed for more than 200 yards in a playoff game

— ISU players committed to January's East-West Shrine Bowl (Robinson & Luther Kirk)

— times the Redbirds have reached the FCS quarterfinals 

11 — seasons Brock Spack has been the ISU head coach

23  passes defended by cornerback Devin Taylor (team-leading 5 interceptions + 18 pass breakups)

33  turnovers gained by ISU, the second-best total in the FCS

50 — sacks this season, the most in program history

58.5 — percent of the time opponents score when inside the ISU 20-yard line, meaning the Redbirds have the best red zone defense in FCS


NDSU Bison


0  — interceptions thrown this season by North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance

 — national ranking and seed held by North Dakota State

 — of the last eight FCS titles have been won by the Bison

— players on NDSU roster from Illinois 

21 years Matt Entz spent as an assistant coach before taking over as NDSU head coach this season

26  — consecutive home wins by NDSU

33 — NDSU wins against only 2 losses in the playoffs since 2010

34  — consecutive wins, an FCS record set last week when the Bison defeated 19th-ranked Nicholls


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