Archive for October 2017

Reliably accurate bracketologist projects Leathernecks, Redbirds into FCS tournament field

Reliably accurate bracketologist projects Leathernecks, Redbirds into FCS tournament field
With roughly one month to go in the Football Championship Subdivision season, two Illinois schools will make the 24-team FCS tournament field. Well, at least according to the projections of nobowls.com. The website, which has made its projections for the past 10 seasons, places Illinois State and Western Illinois in its latest brackets. In fact,... Read more »

Explosive impact: Illinois FCS teams seek big-yardage plays

Explosive impact: Illinois FCS teams seek big-yardage plays
They raise the voice level of broadcasters and PA announcers alike. They get fans off their phones and onto to their feet. They energize one sideline and demoralize the other. They are “explosive plays.” Bill Connelly of SB Nation began writing about explosive plays three years ago. At that time, he noted that “Big plays... Read more »

Moving the Chains with . . . ISU cornerback Davontae Harris

Moving the Chains with . . . ISU cornerback Davontae Harris
An All-Missouri Valley Football Conference First-Team selection last season, Davontae Harris has caught the eyes of scouts from all 32 NFL teams. A year ago, the Wichita, Kan. native ranked No. 1 in the league in passes defended with 15 (13 PBU, 2 INT), while averaging 1.36 passes defended per game to also top the list. The 6-foot, 205-pound... Read more »
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Western, Illinois State among seven Missouri Valley teams ranked in national polls

Western, Illinois State among seven Missouri Valley teams ranked in national polls
Western Illinois and Illinois State continue to remain among the seven Missouri Valley Football Conference teams are ranked in the national FCS Coaches Top-25 poll (6 are ranked in STATS). WIU lost 24-12 at second-ranked North Dakota State, which dropped the Leathernecks two spots in each poll. Western is 12 in the STATS rankings and... Read more »

Salukis win second straight conference game

Salukis win second straight conference game
Though they weren’t as sharp as a week ago in their Homecoming romp over rival Illinois State, the Southern Illinois Salukis were still more than enough for winless Indiana State Saturday at Terre Haute’s Memorial Stadium. The Salukis piled up 536 total yards and pulled away for a 45-24 Missouri Valley Football Conference win. SIU... Read more »

Jacksonville State overcomes EIU with strong second half

Jacksonville State overcomes EIU with strong second half
A strong showing by Eastern Illinois in the first half was wiped out by the second half dominance of No. 3 Jacksonville State to spoil Homecoming at O’Brien Field in Charleston. The Gamecocks overcame a five-point halftime deficit to claim a 30-14 victory and take sole possession of first place in the Ohio Valley Conference.... Read more »
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Resilient Redbirds rebound with impressive triumph

Resilient Redbirds rebound with impressive triumph
After two weeks of head-scratching, disappointing losses on the road to unranked teams, Illinois State rebounded with its most impressive win of the season by upsetting previously unbeaten South Dakota 37-21. Playing at home for the first time since Sept. 30, ISU utilized big plays, a renewed confidence and Homecoming atmosphere to upend USD, which... Read more »

North Dakota State rallies past Western Illinois, takes sole possession of first place

North Dakota State rallies past Western Illinois, takes sole possession of first place
After holding a halftime lead, the Western Illinois Leathernecks found out firsthand why North Dakota State has been annually considered a favorite to win the FCS national championship for nearly a decade. The No. 2-ranked Bison scored a pair of third quarter touchdowns and held 10th-rated WIU in check after the halftime show to post... Read more »

Panthers bring revived running game into 1st-place OVC showdown

Panthers bring revived running game into 1st-place OVC showdown
Two weeks ago, Eastern Illinois junior running back Isaiah Johnson was at a low point. He had carried the ball 10 times against Tennessee Tech in a 24-23 victory. The result of his efforts? Minus-1 yard. While Johnson couldn’t believe his poor production, the players in front of him maintained their belief. “I didn’t have... Read more »
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WIU Leathernecks face No. 2 North Dakota State on the road

WIU Leathernecks face No. 2 North Dakota State on the road
The beginning of Western Illinois’ season has been a repeat performance of a year ago. This time around, though, the Leathernecks want a different ending. After outlasting Missouri State 49-30 last weekend, the Leathernecks have started their season 5-1 for the second consecutive year. WIU, however, stumbled down the stretch in 2016 and missed the... Read more »