Tag: Illinois State University

Before The Bachelor, Colton Underwood had love for Illinois State

Before The Bachelor, Colton Underwood had love for Illinois State
The following is an excerpt from Illinois State Redbirds Football (published by NIU Press in 2016). It features Colton Underwood, known to most as “The Bachelor” but once upon a time a football player from Washington, Ill. and Illinois State University. His father Scott played football for ISU in the late 1980s. His mother Donna... Read more »

Spack, Redbirds haul in impressive running back trio

Spack, Redbirds haul in impressive running back trio
Call it luck, good fortune or being in the right place at the right time. For head coach Brock Spack, running backs falling into his lap late in the recruitment period at Illinois State means he can now call them Redbirds. The February signing period brought three top-flight running backs to Normal and three other... Read more »

5 burning questions for Illinois State in 2019

5 burning questions for Illinois State in 2019
A 5-1 start and a top-10 national ranking in October was a memory by November for Illinois State’s football team. A gauntlet of the top four finishers in the Missouri Valley Football Conference doomed the Redbirds’ hopes of a return to the FCS playoffs. Since appearing in the national championship game after the 2014 season,... Read more »
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Illinois State Redbirds Postseason Capsule

Illinois State Redbirds Postseason Capsule
Illinois State Redbirds Missouri Valley Football Conference Head Coach:  Brock Spack Overall Record:  6-5 Conference Record:  3-5 Biggest Win:  Illinois State picked up its third win over an FBS opponent since 2012 when the Redbirds flew past Colorado State 35-19 Sept. 22 in Fort Collins, Colo. The triumph left the Redbirds with a 3-0 record... Read more »

Illinois Bicentennial: ISU's near-miss of a national championship

Illinois Bicentennial:  ISU's near-miss of a national championship
To commemorate the upcoming Dec. 3 bicentennial of Illinois becoming a state, Prairie State Pigskin begins a series today featuring some milestones in the Land of Lincoln’s football lore. Today, we highlight Illinois State’s 2014 national championship appearance (the actual game was played in January 2015)  with an excerpt from ISU Redbirds Football (published by... Read more »

Illinois State trio tabbed for all-conference first team

Illinois State trio tabbed for all-conference first team
Three Illinois State players were named first-team selections by the Missouri Valley Football Conference Monday. Running back James Robinson, wide receiver Spencer Schnell and safety Luther Kirk were lauded by the league as first-team members. Meanwhile, offensive tackle Drew Himmelman and defensive back Devin Taylor landed on the second team. Special team standouts J.T. Bohlken,... Read more »
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16 things we're thankful for at Prairie State Pigskin

16 things we're thankful for at Prairie State Pigskin
“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” -Erma Bombeck Fortunately, the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision season isn’t just 12 minutes (or even 18 hours). Technically, it runs for August through the national championship game in January. But, we at Prairie State Pigskin live... Read more »

Dreaming of a November to remember double-header

Dreaming of a November to remember double-header
There were college football games this past weekend at Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park and Sun Trust Park. Nearly two years ago Prairie State Pigskin pondered if such a venture could happen for the Illinois FCS teams. Odds Against FCS Game at Guaranteed Rate Field Last week Prairie State Pigskin contacted Dan Polvere, special events consultant for the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority (ISFA), who... Read more »

Robinson rushes Redbirds to victory in season finale

Robinson rushes Redbirds to victory in season finale
Illinois State used a bit of the present and perhaps a bit of the future to defeat Youngstown State 35-28 and close out its 2018 season. Junior James Robinson rushed for a career-high and Hancock Stadium record 256 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the game with an injury. Freshman Kevin Brown and redshirt freshman... Read more »
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Illinois State closes regular season with Youngstown State

Illinois State closes regular season with Youngstown State
This season hasn’t gone the way either the Illinois State Redbirds or the Youngstown State Penguins wanted. The two Missouri Valley Football Conference schools close out their regular seasons Saturday afternoon at Hancock Stadium in Normal. Following a 5-1 start that included a road win at FBS member Colorado State, ISU was riding high with... Read more »