Archive for October 2017

Missouri Valley football not for the faint of heart

Missouri Valley football not for the faint of heart
Two weeks ago, Western Illinois was flying the W and Illinois State’s Redbirds were flying low. Now, on the doorstep of November, the roles have been reversed. Such is life in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. “It’s Division-I football, so every game is tough. No game is a breeze,” said ISU safety Alec Kocour, whose... Read more »

Turnovers tame Eastern Illinois in 2nd straight OVC loss

Turnovers tame Eastern Illinois in 2nd straight OVC loss
Eastern Illinois defensive back DySaun Smith recovered a fumble on the first play from scrimmage Saturday against UT Martin. It was the Panthers’ offense, however, who made most of the turnover headlines in a 27-10 Ohio Valley Conference loss Saturday to the Skyhawks. Eastern (5-3 overall, 4-2 OVC) lost their second consecutive conference game as... Read more »

ISU Redbirds rise in FCS polls

Illinois State’s shutout performance at Youngstown State Saturday impressed national poll voters as the Redbirds rose in this week’s rankings. One the heels of ISU’s 35-0 dismantling of the previously nationally ranked Penguins, the Redbirds jumped eight spots in the FCS Coaches ratings to No. 13. Illinois State moved up four spots in the STATS... Read more »
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SIU coach keeps the faith in his team despite shutout loss

SIU coach keeps the faith in his team despite shutout loss
On a day in which his team allowed 42 points, was shut out for the first time in 17 years and his starting quarterback was injured, Nick Hill maintained faith in his Southern Illinois football team. “I know what kind of guys we have in the locker room, and we’re not 42 points worse than that... Read more »

South Dakota State throttles Western 52-24 in Macomb

South Dakota State throttles Western 52-24 in Macomb
Saturday’s lopsided loss to South Dakota State echoes Western Illinois’ late-season collapse of a year ago. After trailing by just a touchdown at halftime, the Leathernecks succumbed to a Jackrabbit onslaught that resulted in a 52-24 loss. With the haunting memory of a 1-4 slide to finish 2016 with a 6-5 record, Western was steamrolled... Read more »

Illinois State dominate in 35-0 shutout of Youngstown State

Illinois State dominate in 35-0 shutout of Youngstown State
It was a game that had to make Illinois State head coach Brock Spack smile from ear to ear. The former Big Ten linebacker and assistant coach who is in his ninth year at ISU witnessed his Redbirds dominate Youngstown State 35-0 behind a rock solid defensive effort and a punishing run game that battered... Read more »
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Former WR makes successful switch to defense for Eastern Illinois

Former WR makes successful switch to defense for Eastern Illinois
When Tray Mitchell first made the switch to the defensive side of the ball for Eastern Illinois, he admitted he was a fish out of water. “It was a pretty big learning experience,” said Mitchell, a redshirt senior from Wentzville, Mo. “I played both ways in high school. When I played cornerback, it wasn’t that... Read more »

Physical game on tap for Redbirds' trip to Youngstown

Physical game on tap for Redbirds' trip to Youngstown
As the weather finally turns to more seasonal fall conditions, the Missouri Valley Football Conference matchup between Illinois State and Youngstown State also reverts back to a more traditional Midwest style. “They’re a physical team. We like playing those games,” ISU head coach Brock Spack said at his weekly press conference. The Redbirds (5-2, 3-1)... Read more »

Western out to prove this year won't be a repeat of last season

Western out to prove this year won't be a repeat of last season
The Western Illinois Leathernecks have been here before. A season ago, WIU started the season by winning five of its first six games. Then, came the downfall as Western tasted victory once in its final five games to finish 6-5 and miss the FCS playoffs. “We have a chance to redeem ourselves from last year,”... Read more »
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With MVFC losing streak over, Salukis see road to improvement

With MVFC losing streak over, Salukis see road to improvement
When the Southern Illinois football team hits the road these days, it packs a more professional demeanor. “In years past, we’ve seen guys at the hotel a little more lackadaisical,” junior wide receiver Darrell James said. “We have that mindset (now) that it’s a work trip, a business trip. Even as far as the bus... Read more »