Tag: Missouri Valley Football Conference

Saturday matchup looms large on Illinois State schedule

Saturday matchup looms large on Illinois State schedule
As the college football season enters its stretch run, Illinois State fans eagerly await the Redbirds’ return to Hancock Stadium for a critical matchup Saturday. Following last weekend’s 28-14 loss at No. 1-ranked North Dakota State, Illinois State dropped three spots to No. 11 in STATS FCS national poll. The Redbirds face strong Missouri Valley Football... Read more »

SIU losing streak continues despite hot start, finish

SIU losing streak continues despite hot start, finish
The first quarter and fourth quarter Saturday at Southern Illinois gave the Salukis plenty of good vibes. The two quarters in between, however, were the reason SIU (1-6) lost its sixth game in a row and extended its Missouri Valley Conference losing streak to eight games dating back to last season. Indiana State used 156... Read more »

Top-ranked North Dakota State handles Illinois State

Top-ranked North Dakota State handles Illinois State
North Dakota State hasn’t dominated the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the FCS for no reason. Playing without their leading rusher, the No. 1-ranked Bison rumbled to a 28-14 win over seventh-rated Illinois State Saturday in Fargo. Even with Bruce Anderson sidelined with a hamstring injury, NDSU built a 28-0 lead and cruised to the... Read more »
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Western snaps two-game losing streak with dominant win

Western snaps two-game losing streak with dominant win
Western Illinois snapped out of its doldrums in dominating fashion Saturday afternoon in a decisive 31-14 victory at Missouri State. The Leathernecks, losers of their last two Missouri Valley Football Conference games, racked up 565 yards of total offense to go along with a solid defense in the win. Western improved its record to 3-4,... Read more »

SIU, Indiana State seek end to MVFC losing streaks

SIU, Indiana State seek end to MVFC losing streaks
Winning in the Missouri Valley Football Conference can be a challenge each week. For Southern Illinois and Indiana State, one will experience a much-needed victory today at Saluki Stadium in Carbondale. SIU, which has been ravaged by injuries this season, has lost seven MVFC games in a row and is 1-5 this season. Indiana State... Read more »

Western seeks rebound in road contest at Missouri State

Western seeks rebound in road contest at Missouri State
The Missouri Valley Football Conference is a difficult place to learn on the job. Yet, for Western Illinois’ young offensive line, that’s exactly what the Leathernecks must do. Starting three redshirt freshmen, a redshirt sophomore and a senior in its offensive line, WIU has lost a pair of consecutive league games. WIU (2-4 overall, 1-2... Read more »
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Community Champions: Helping kids keeps WIU's Hendon on his toes

Community Champions: Helping kids keeps WIU's Hendon on his toes
This story is part of a twice-a-month series called Community Champions, which will feature Illinois FCS programs making a difference in their communities. Have a story idea? Leave a comment below. Dancing for 12 consecutive hours this spring transformed Tre Hendon. There was dancing, of course, at the annual Western Illinois University Dance Marathon, a... Read more »

Top defenses on display as Illinois State travels to North Dakota State for Top 10 showcase

Top defenses on display as Illinois State travels to North Dakota State for Top 10 showcase
The top two defenses in the Missouri Valley Football Conference will be on display in a Top 10 national battle between Illinois State and North Dakota State Saturday in Fargo. And it’s a confrontation that was immediately recognized following the Redbirds’ impressive 51-3 romp over Southern Illinois last weekend. “We’ve got a big challenge up... Read more »

Moving the Chains with . . . SIU receiver Raphael Leonard

Moving the Chains with . . . SIU receiver Raphael Leonard
Raphael Leonard is one of Southern Illinois’ most recognizable players. Much of that status comes from his having played at East Mississippi Community College in 2016, where Leonard was part of Season 2 of the popular Netflix documentary Last Chance U. The 6-foot-2, 193-pound senior leads the Salukis in receptions. In fact, Leonard has caught at... Read more »
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Stalled drives, turnovers tame Western against No. 1 NDSU

Stalled drives, turnovers tame Western against No. 1 NDSU
Of eight drives in the first half against No. 1 ranked North Dakota State, the Western Illinois offense enjoyed little success. Against the stifling Bison (6-0), Western managed one drive longer than four plays and punted five times. Those offensive struggles defined Saturday’s game in Macomb as NDSU rolled to a 34-7 Missouri Valley Football... Read more »