Archive for October 2018

Kolbe taking first-team reps in preparation for possible start

Kolbe taking first-team reps in preparation for possible start
A familiar face may be returning to lead the Illinois State offense when the Redbirds face Northern Iowa in a critical Missouri Valley Football Conference road game. With starting quarterback Brady Davis questionable for Saturday’s game at the UNI-Dome, backup Jake Kolbe is next in line to take over the position. Pantagraph beat writer Randy Reinhardt... Read more »

Moving the Chains with . . . EIU receiver Aaron Gooch

Moving the Chains with . . . EIU receiver Aaron Gooch
Aaron Gooch walked on at Eastern Illinois in 2014. He redshirted that season, but worked his way into becoming a special teams starter the following year. By his sophomore season, Gooch had moved into the starting lineup as a wide receiver. Two years later, he’s a vital part of EIU’s Air Raid offense as well... Read more »

Second half spells doom for Eastern Illinois

Second half spells doom for Eastern Illinois
Eastern Illinois couldn’t maintain its first-half success and fell 31-23 at Eastern Kentucky Saturday in Ohio Valley Conference action. Trailing 17-10 at the half, EKU tied the game midway through the third quarter as LJ Scott broke away for a 48-yard touchdown run.  The Colonels finished the game with 216 yards rushing after being held... Read more »
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Western's 'complimentary football' yields upset of No. 17 Northern Iowa

Western's 'complimentary football' yields upset of No. 17 Northern Iowa
A week ago, Northern Iowa shut down the high-powered offense in an upset of Top 10-ranked South Dakota State. Yet, it was Western Illinois that looked like the highly rated team Saturday at Hanson Field in Macomb. The Leathernecks trounced No. 17 Northern Iowa 37-17, marking the second time this season WIU knocked off a... Read more »

Salukis snap losing string with impressive road victory

Salukis snap losing string with impressive road victory
Khalil Mack was an Oakland Raider. The Chicago Cubs were in first place, while the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers were in third. The above events were a snapshot of Aug. 30, the last time Southern Illinois posted a victory. That all changed Saturday when the Salukis pummeled Missouri State 49-35 to snap a six-game... Read more »

No. 7 South Dakota State takes pivotal game from ISU

No. 7 South Dakota State takes pivotal game from ISU
In what could likely prove to be a pivotal game in Illinois State’s season, the Redbirds were their own worst enemies. South Dakota State took advantage of two critical Illinois State turnovers and scampered away with a 38-28 victory in Missouri Valley Football Conference play Saturday at Hancock Stadium in Normal. With the game tied at... Read more »
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Moving the Chains with ... Illinois State punter JT Bohlken

Moving the Chains with ... Illinois State punter JT Bohlken
In high school, JT Bohlken was an all-state pitcher in the state of Missouri and played basketball with a current NBA player. The Illinois State sophomore shared those and other notes about his life in Prairie State Pigskin’s weekly Moving the Chains Q&A. Bohlken leads the Missouri Valley Football Conference in punting this season and... Read more »

Western, revved-up run game face off against No. 17 UNI

Western, revved-up run game face off against No. 17 UNI
In stark contrast to last season, the Western Illinois run game has been in low gear this fall. That is, until the Leathernecks won last week at Missouri State, pounding out 260 yards on the ground. “We were able to get back that identity,” said WIU head coach Jared Elliott, whose team rushed for 80.2... Read more »

ISU faces another Top 10 matchup in conference action

ISU faces another Top 10 matchup in conference action
If history has anything to say about Saturday’s matchup at Hancock Stadium between South Dakota State and Illinois State, then the Redbirds should be in good shape. While the series is tied between the two Missouri Valley Football Conference members after eight meetings, ISU has won the last two games against SDSU in Normal. Moreover,... Read more »
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EIU quarterback tandem fuels Ohio Valley Conference's top passing offense

EIU quarterback tandem fuels Ohio Valley Conference's top passing offense
It’s often been said that having two quarterbacks is really have no quarterbacks. You’d get an argument from Eastern Illinois. “We’ve got a couple of quarterbacks that can operate in this system,” EIU head coach Kim Dameron said this week. That Panther pair is Jonathan Brantley and Harry Woodbery, a duo that has combined for... Read more »