Archive for October 2016

Eastern Run Down By Second-Ranked Jacksonville State

Eastern Run Down By Second-Ranked Jacksonville State
On the first three plays of Saturday’s game against No. 2 Jacksonville State, the Eastern Illinois football team had two sacks, an incomplete pass and a turnover. Less than 10 minutes into the game, the Panthers were down 21-0 on the way to a 47-14 loss to the Gamecocks, who were the national runner up... Read more »

WIU Moves Up One Notch to No. 12; EIU Drops Out

WIU Moves Up One Notch to No. 12; EIU Drops Out
Fresh off its comeback victory at South Dakota, the Western Illinois Leathernecks moved up one notch to No. 12 in this week’s STATS FCS poll. First-year Western head coach Charlie Fisher and his Leathernecks rallied from a 17-point deficit to slip past the Coyotes 35-34. South Dakota is coached by former WIU head man Bob Nielson. The... Read more »

Close Shaves Continue to Cut SIU the Wrong Way

Close Shaves Continue to Cut SIU the Wrong Way
To a generation who may not even know what it is, the Southern Illinois Salukis are certainly living a broken record. For the 11th time in its last 13 one-possession games, SIU suffered a loss. This time around, the Salukis failed to hold a seven-point fourth quarter lead as Missouri State rallied for a 38-35... Read more »
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Fast Start Helps ISU Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Fast Start Helps ISU Keep Playoff Hopes Alive
In its first eight games of the season, Illinois State’s football team managed 24 first-quarter points. In Saturday’s 38-21 upset of Missouri Valley Football Conference foe South Dakota State, the Redbirds used 14 first-quarter points – along with key turnovers late – for an impressive victory that kept its slight playoff hopes alive. “We’re not... Read more »

Western Pulls Off Another Last-Minute Comeback

Western Pulls Off Another Last-Minute Comeback
Given the historical significance of Western Illinois’ nickname of the Leathernecks, perhaps another fitting moniker could also be the Minutemen. Whatever the case, WIU pulled out its sixth victory of the season–and fourth win this year decided in a game’s final minute–as it slipped past South Dakota 35-34 in Saturday’s Missouri Valley Football Conference action.... Read more »

Panthers Expect 'Hostile' Visit to Jacksonville State

Panthers Expect 'Hostile' Visit to Jacksonville State
Jacksonville State has seven seniors on its starting offensive unit. The nation’s No. 2 ranked team also boasts a defense that leads the Ohio Valley Conference in eight defensive categories. The Gamecocks allow a league-low 19 points a game and give up only 23.8 percent success on third downs. Because of JSU’s experience and skill,... Read more »
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Southern Illinois Eyes End to Four-Game Losing Skid

Southern Illinois Eyes End to Four-Game Losing Skid
Approximately 290 miles separate Carbondale from Springfield, Mo. Saturday’s game between Southern Illinois and Missouri State may come down to other measurements that are much closer. First-year head coach Nick Hill’s Salukis stand at 2-5 overall and 0-4 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Yet, an examination of SIU’s statistics reveals a team that has suffered... Read more »

An Old Friend-Turned-Foe Welcomes Leathernecks for Key Conference Battle

An Old Friend-Turned-Foe Welcomes Leathernecks for Key Conference Battle
Bob Nielson coached Western Illinois for three seasons. Saturday he will be on the opposing sideline as the 13th-ranked Leathernecks travel to No. 25 South Dakota for a key Missouri Valley Football Conference game. Nielson, who grew up in Marion, Iowa, led the Leathernecks to a 7-6 record in 2015 and to the second round... Read more »

Jackrabbits, High-Powered Offense No Normal Opponent for ISU

Jackrabbits, High-Powered Offense No Normal Opponent for ISU
Over the past two seasons, Alejandro Rivera had a front-row seat to watch Illinois State’s dynamic offense with quarterback Tre Roberson and running back Marshaun Coprich. With Roberson and Coprich having moved on to pro ball, the most high-powered offense in the Missouri Valley Football Conference now resides in Brookings, S.D. On Saturday, South Dakota... Read more »
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Moving the Chains with ... Billy Reed, SIU Wide Receiver

Moving the Chains with ... Billy Reed, SIU Wide Receiver
Billy Reed graduated in May from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a degree in finance. As a graduate student this fall, he is part of his former offensive coordinator Nick Hill’s first season as the Salukis’ head coach. In our weekly Moving the Chains with … feature, Reed discusses Hill’s arm strength, how Reed... Read more »