Archive for September 2018

QB McGuire makes Western Illinois Homecoming a winner

QB McGuire makes Western Illinois Homecoming a winner
When Youngstown State just wouldn’t got away Saturday, Western Illinois head coach Jared Elliott and the Leathernecks leaned on one of their most experienced players. Senior quarterback Sean McGuire threw touchdown passes to four different players, passed for 324 yards and ran for another score to help Western (2-2) start the Missouri Valley Football Conference... Read more »

Panthers pile up yardage to grab season's first win

Panthers pile up yardage to grab season's first win
In order to get its first win of the 2018 season, Eastern Illinois got a historic offensive performance. The Panthers (1-4) evened their Ohio Valley Conference at 1-1 Saturday night in a 52-38 victory at Tennessee Tech thanks to 599 yards of offense, the team’s most in a single game in more than two years.... Read more »

Miscues fell Salukis in conference-opening loss

Miscues fell Salukis in conference-opening loss
Southern Illinois racked up yards but fell short when it came to scoring touchdowns in Saturday night’s loss to South Dakota. Despite spending much the game in opposing territory, the Salukis dropped a 31-24 decision to the visiting Coyotes in the first Missouri Valley Football Conference contest for both teams. SIU repeatedly made mistakes, ranging... Read more »
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Missouri State hands Illinois State first loss of season

Missouri State hands Illinois State first loss of season
Following a lackluster first half, Illinois State rallied in the second and seemed poised to force overtime. The Redbirds lined up for a would-be game-tying field goal in the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener for both teams. But Missouri State cornerback Darius Joseph had other ideas. The redshirt sophomore blocked the kick, giving the Bears one... Read more »

Salukis seeking bounce-back as conference season begins

Salukis seeking bounce-back as conference season begins
Coming off its bye week following a close loss at home to a heated rival, Southern Illinois focused on preparations for its Missouri Valley Football Conference opener. “We were able to practice and get a lot of young guys reps,” head coach Nick Hill said at his weekly press conference Monday.  Hill and his staff... Read more »

Redbirds' impressive start catching legendary attention

Redbirds' impressive start catching legendary attention
While Illinois State caught the nation’s attention with its convincing 35-19 win at FBS member Colorado State last Saturday, Redbird quarterback Brady Davis was equally thrilled about the attention he received from a pair of ISU legends. “I like @BradyDavis10 gunslinger,” tweeted Tre Roberson, who led Illinois State all the way to the national championship game... Read more »
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Early-season stumbles drive Panthers to find fixes

Early-season stumbles drive Panthers to find fixes
In three words, Eastern Illinois junior tight end James Sheehan summed up the entire locker room’s feelings after Saturday’s 41-40 loss to Tennessee State. “It just stings,” said Sheehan, who had a career-high eight catches and 84 yards in a game the Panthers led by three touchdowns. The loss dropped EIU to 0-4 for its... Read more »

Illinois State linebacker tackles success in new role

Illinois State linebacker tackles success in new role
Four new faces joined the Illinois State defensive coaching staff this off-season. This fall, a new crop of athletes on the defensive two-deep roster has helped the Redbirds to a 3-0 start and a jump into the FCS Top 10 this week after a dominant 35-19 win at FBS Colorado State. One of those 12... Read more »

WIU entertains Youngstown State in Homecoming tilt

WIU entertains Youngstown State in Homecoming tilt
Western Illinois’ Saturday home game against Youngstown State is many things to many people. It’s the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener for both teams. It’s Homecoming with numerous celebrations including the 20-year reunion of Western’s 1998 team.  “It’s going to be special,” WIU senior linebacker Quentin Moon said. “It’s my last ride, my last time with... Read more »
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EIU's Dameron's heroes reflect his multi-sport past

EIU's Dameron's heroes reflect his multi-sport past
Editor’s note:  This is the second in a four-part series featuring each of the Illinois FCS head coaches. This series, which will run every other Wednesday, focuses on each coach’s favorite teams and athletes as he grew up. Kim Dameron’s coaching career has taken him to many places:  to the Deep South in locales such... Read more »