Tag: ISU Redbirds

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 »

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 »

Indiana State dashes Redbirds' playoff hopes

Indiana State dashes Redbirds' playoff hopes
Illinois State finally got the quick start it needed. The problem is virtually everything that happened afterward. The Redbirds, plagued by poor first halves the past three games, jumped out to a 10-0 lead but ultimately fell 28-23 at Indiana State in a Missouri Valley Football Conference game Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind. The result... Read more »
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Fast start may be key to Illinois State breaking losing streak

Fast start may be key to Illinois State breaking losing streak
“If I lose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with myself. But if it’s a slow pace, and I get beaten by a kicker who leaches off the front, then I’ll always wonder, ‘What if…?'” –Steve Prefontaine, legendary middle- and long-distance runner Perhaps it’s time for Illinois State football... Read more »

ISU losing streak reaches three in road loss to Northern Iowa

ISU losing streak reaches three in road loss to Northern Iowa
The last three weeks have not been kind to Illinois State. The Redbirds struggled to get their offense untracked Saturday and fell 26-16 in a crucial Missouri Valley Football Conference game at Northern Iowa. The loss was the third straight for the Redbirds, dropping ISU to 5-4 overall and 2-4 in the conference. Previously, the... Read more »

Critical road conference game awaits Illinois State

Critical road conference game awaits Illinois State
It’s not a playoff game per se, but it certainly will play a major factor when the NCAA announces the FCS tournament field in less than three weeks. “It’s a playoff game every Saturday,” Illinois State head coach Brock Spack said at this weekly media address. “It’s a tough conference from top to bottom.” While... Read more »
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Kolbe taking first-team reps in preparation for possible start

Kolbe taking first-team reps in preparation for possible start
A familiar face may be returning to lead the Illinois State offense when the Redbirds face Northern Iowa in a critical Missouri Valley Football Conference road game. With starting quarterback Brady Davis questionable for Saturday’s game at the UNI-Dome, backup Jake Kolbe is next in line to take over the position. Pantagraph beat writer Randy Reinhardt... Read more »

No. 7 South Dakota State takes pivotal game from ISU

No. 7 South Dakota State takes pivotal game from ISU
In what could likely prove to be a pivotal game in Illinois State’s season, the Redbirds were their own worst enemies. South Dakota State took advantage of two critical Illinois State turnovers and scampered away with a 38-28 victory in Missouri Valley Football Conference play Saturday at Hancock Stadium in Normal. With the game tied at... Read more »

Moving the Chains with ... Illinois State punter JT Bohlken

Moving the Chains with ... Illinois State punter JT Bohlken
In high school, JT Bohlken was an all-state pitcher in the state of Missouri and played basketball with a current NBA player. The Illinois State sophomore shared those and other notes about his life in Prairie State Pigskin’s weekly Moving the Chains Q&A. Bohlken leads the Missouri Valley Football Conference in punting this season and... Read more »
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ISU faces another Top 10 matchup in conference action

ISU faces another Top 10 matchup in conference action
If history has anything to say about Saturday’s matchup at Hancock Stadium between South Dakota State and Illinois State, then the Redbirds should be in good shape. While the series is tied between the two Missouri Valley Football Conference members after eight meetings, ISU has won the last two games against SDSU in Normal. Moreover,... Read more »