Archive for February 2021

3 things we learned: Eastern Illinois drops spring opener

Eastern freshman Kendi Young breaks free for a 75-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter. (photo courtesy Sandy King, EIU Athletics) Eastern Illinois looked even rustier than one would expect from a 463-day layoff caused by the worldwide pandemic. Southeast Missouri State breezed to an easy 47-7 win over the Panthers in Sunday’s Ohio... Read more »

Youthful Panthers face first true test since 2019

Youthful Panthers face first true test since 2019
Eastern Illinois’ wait lasted a week longer than expected, but the Panthers are scheduled to open their long-awaited Ohio Valley Conference-only spring season Sunday at O’Brien Field. It will be EIU’s first true test in roughly 15 months. Eastern was supposed to begin last weekend, but the impact of recent winter storm forced a postponement at... Read more »

3 things we learned: Salukis dominate No. 1 NDSU, end 39-game Bison win streak

3 things we learned: Salukis dominate No. 1 NDSU, end 39-game Bison win streak
In Carbondale, Sundays are workdays for the Southern Illinois football team. The work that the Salukis put in six days ago, according to head coach Nick Hill, paid massive dividends in the team’s Missouri Valley Football Conference home opener Saturday – a 38-14 demolition of defending national champion and No. 1 North Dakota State that... Read more »
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3 things we learned: 'Feast or famine' day foils Illinois State opener

3 things we learned: 'Feast or famine' day foils Illinois State opener
Bryce Jefferson was at the center of numerous game-changing plays Saturday for the Illinois State football team. Several of those plays put the Redbirds up three scores in the first half of the spring season opener against South Dakota at ISU’s Hancock Stadium. Several more plays proved costly for seventh-ranked ISU (0-1) in a 27-20... Read more »

3 things we learned: Penalties, turnovers sink Western Illinois

3 things we learned: Penalties, turnovers sink Western Illinois
Western Illinois last played a football game Nov. 23, 2019. Saturday’s 30-24 loss to Missouri State resembled much of the time in between. As with life in the pandemic world, WIU experienced its share of highs and lows in the defeat that opened this spring’s eight-game Missouri Valley Football Conference schedule. “It’s been a long,... Read more »

Revamped WIU opens spring season at home

Revamped WIU opens spring season at home
Western Illinois football is ready to put past disappointments behind as the Leathernecks kick off their spring season Saturday at Hanson Field. WIU seeks to shake off not only the postponement of last weekend’s game at South Dakota but also the frustrations of a 1-11 record in 2019 followed by no fall season because of... Read more »
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Illinois State ready to debut plenty of new faces on offense

Illinois State ready to debut plenty of new faces on offense
Plenty of new faces will be part of the Illinois State offense this spring. But to starting quarterback Bryce Jefferson – who started three playoff games as a redshirt freshman in 2019 – none of the talent around him Saturday in the team’s season-opening home game against South Dakota (noon, ESPN+ and NBC Sports Chicago)... Read more »

Salukis try to rebound from season-opening loss as No. 1 NDSU visits

Salukis try to rebound from season-opening loss as No. 1 NDSU visits
This week, the Southern Illinois football team will try to do something it hasn’t had to experience in 15 months – rebound from a loss. The Salukis’ 44-21 season-opening loss last weekend at North Dakota was the team’s first defeat since Nov. 23, 2019 against North Dakota State. “We’d rather go out there and learn... Read more »

'More than a runner': Talented Jefferson takes over Illinois State QB job

'More than a runner': Talented Jefferson takes over Illinois State QB job
Many mornings at Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis, head football coach Kyle Enright pulled into the parking lot to find a common sight – his two best players, quarterback Bryce Jefferson and wide receiver Tyrone Tracy Jr., hard at work. “We start school at 8 a.m., and they’d already be on the field,” he... Read more »
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Here's your Illinois FCS spring home game policy primer

Here's your Illinois FCS spring home game policy primer
This weekend Eastern, Illinois State, Southern and Western are all scheduled to play home games for the only time on the same weekend in the FCS spring season. Here’s our Prairie State Pigskin look at each school’s policies. All information was provided by each respective university. EIU (O’Brien Field in Charleston) Tickets Under State of Illinois COVID-19... Read more »