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 FCS poll to No. 12.

Western Illinois, the state’s other ranked team, lost its second straight Missouri Valley Conference game. The Leathernecks suffered a 52-24 setback to South Dakota State. As a result, WIU fell in both polls, sliding four spots to No. 18 in the Coaches poll and three slots to No. 15 in the STATS rankings.

Neither Southern Illinois nor Eastern Illinois–both on the losing ends of their Saturday games–received any votes this week.

Five Missouri Valley schools appear in both polls. In addition, seven of the top eight FCS teams in the Sagarin Ratings are from the MVFC.

News and notes


 Running back James Robinson’s three touchdowns set a career-high; Robinson is the first Redbird to run for three scores since Marshaun Coprich in 2015 . . . backup quarterback Malachi Broadnax caught his first career pass, a nine-yard reception for a first down in the second quarter of Saturday’s game . . . cornerback Davontae Harris bagged his first sack of the season . . . DraShane Glass picked off the seventh pass of his career for the Redbirds and his first of the season. (notes courtesy of


Defensive back David Griffith recorded the fifth double-digit tackles game of his career, and first this season. He surpassed 200 career tackles during the second half . . . receiver Jaelon Acklin finished with six catches for 59 yards. He now has 1,002 yards this season, the eighth 1,000-yard performance in a season in program history. Acklin is the sixth receiver to reach 1,000 yards in a season, extending the streak to four straight years with a 1,000-yard receiver (Lance Lenior 2014-16) . . . running back Steve McShane now has 14 career rushing TDs (16 overall) . . . sophomore kicker Nathan Erickson is now 2-for-2 all-time in field goals, both covering at least 45 yards and both in consecutive weeks. (notes courtesy of

With its 42-0 loss at South Dakota Saturday, Southern Illinois was shut out for the first time in 198 contests, which dated back to the final game of the 2000 season . . . Junior quarterback Sam Straub is likely out for the season with a broken bone in his throwing hand . . . backup quarterback Tanner Hearn, a redshirt sophomore from Florida, is Straub’s likely replacement . . . Southern’s lone bright spot was its defense. South Dakota came into the game on pace to set a league record for total offense at more than 570 yards per game. The Salukis held USD to 280 yards of total offense. (notes courtesy of


Eastern Illinois lost its Ohio Valley Conference game at Tennessee-Martin 27-10 in a game in which the Panthers suffered five turnovers . . . EIU’s lone touchdown was scored by Isaiah Johnson on a one-yard run . . . the Panthers rushed for just 75 yards in the game . . . Alexander Hollins caught eight passes for 114 yards, his third 100-yard receiving game this season . . . Josh Price and Bradley Dewberry led the Panthers with nine tackles.  (notes courtesy of

Saturday’s schedule

Western Illinois at Illinois State, noon

Eastern Kentucky at Eastern Illinois, 1 p.m.

Missouri State at Southern Illinois, 1 p.m.


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