Tag: Missouri Valley Football Conference

Southern Illinois Salukis Postseason Capsule

Southern Illinois Salukis Postseason Capsule
Southern Illinois Salukis Missouri Valley Football Conference Head Coach:  Nick Hill Overall Record:  2-9 Conference Record:  1-7 Biggest Win:  The Salukis snapped a six-game losing streak with an inspired performance in a 49-35 road win at Missouri State. Most Frustrating Loss:  Western Illinois scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, including a 33-yard game-winning field goal with... 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 »

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 »
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5 burning questions for Western Illinois in 2019

5 burning questions for Western Illinois in 2019
Two close losses at the end of the season kept Western Illinois out of the FCS playoffs. A promising start to the season was lost thanks to two defeats by a total of seven points. Along with solving their November struggles, the Leathernecks will have to replace three-year starting quarterback Sean McGuire, one of the... Read more »

Western Illinois Leathernecks Postseason Capsule

Western Illinois Leathernecks Postseason Capsule
Western Illinois Leathernecks Missouri Valley Football Conference Head Coach:  Jared Elliott Overall Record:  5-5 Conference Record:  4-3 Biggest Win:  The Leathernecks knocked off No. 17 and future FCS playoff participant Northern Iowa 37-17 on Oct. 27. The victory marked the third consecutive season WIU posted at least two victories over a Top 25 team.  Most Frustrating Loss: Indiana State... 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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WIU lands seven on All-Missouri Valley teams

WIU lands seven on All-Missouri Valley teams
Seven proved to be a lucky number for Western Illinois football Monday when the Missouri Valley Football Conference announced its 2018 all-league teams. WIU landed seven on the postseason lists. First team recognition went to fullback Clint Ratkovich, defensive lineman Khalen Saunders and linebacker Pete Swenson. Receiver Isaiah LeSure, linebacker Quentin Moon, safety Justin Fitzpatrick and running... Read more »

Multiple Salukis named All-Missouri Valley Football Conference

Multiple Salukis named All-Missouri Valley Football Conference
Four Southern Illinois players were recognized by Missouri Valley Football Conference Monday. Safety Jeremy Chinn was named to All-MVFC first team, while running back D.J. Davis, wide receiver Raphael Leonard and defensive end Anthony Knighton landed on the second team. In addition, wide receiver Landon Lenoir, tight end Nigel Kilby and linebacker Bryce Notree were... Read more »

Memorable start turns into familiar finish for Salukis

Memorable start turns into familiar finish for Salukis
A fresh face gave Southern Illinois a memorable start to Saturday’s game at No. 1 North Dakota State when Je’Quan Burton returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. The veteran Bison, however, scored touchdowns on five of their first six drives and ran away from the Salukis (2-9), 65-17, in the season finale... Read more »
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Last-second field goal ends Western’s playoff dream

Last-second field goal ends Western’s playoff dream
As the last-second Indiana State field goal soared through the uprights, Western Illinois saw the bottom fall out of its playoff chances. “We just didn’t make enough plays at the end of the day,” said head coach WIU head coach Jared Elliott of the 15-13 loss Saturday at Hanson Field in blustery Macomb. “That’s what... Read more »