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Wednesday, Sept. 6

Redbirds move up two spots in top-25 poll Send a link to a friend

[SEPT. 6, 2006]  PHILADELPHIA -- Despite suffering a one-point defeat, the Illinois State football team proved that it can compete with the likes of the Big 12 Conference for a second straight year and as a result moved up two positions in The Sports Network's I-AA top 25 on Monday.

The Redbirds jumped ahead of James Madison and Youngstown State to move up two spots. The 'Birds recorded 346 yards of total offense against Kansas State on Saturday, while holding the Wildcats to 207 yards of total offense, including only 44 yards rushing. But a late two-point conversion try failed, and ISU was handed a 24-23 loss.

ISU is one of four Gateway Football Conference teams ranked in the top 25, with three, including the 'Birds, being ranked in the top 10. Northern Iowa earned 13 first-place votes and moved up to No. 3, while Youngstown State slipped to No. 8, despite having a first-place vote. Southern Illinois maintained its No. 17 ranking.

The Redbirds return to action on Saturday for their home opener. ISU is hosting Central Arkansas and a 6:30 p.m. kickoff is scheduled. [Pre-game notes]

[Provided by Todd Kober, assistant athletics director, media relations, Illinois State University]

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