Redbirds stay undefeated on road, beat Indiana State 17-10
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[November 05, 2012]
HAUTE, Inc. -- No. 15 Illinois State (8-2, 5-2 MVFC) jumped out
to a 17-0 lead and held off a late Indiana State (7-3, 5-2 MVFC) surge
as the Redbirds topped the No. 14-ranked Sycamores 17-10 in front of
6,008 at Memorial Stadium in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday afternoon.
The victory secured a perfect road record for Illinois State, which
finished the regular season 5-0 away from Hancock Stadium.
For the second consecutive week, the Illinois State defense forced
multiple takeaways, as Ben Ericksen and Shelby Harris each recorded
an interception. The Redbirds now have 15 interceptions this year,
the most for an Illinois State team since 1993.
registered a career-high 10 tackles to lead the Redbirds, while Evan
Frierson and Austin Davis each had a sack. Indiana State senior
running back Shakir Bell, who came into the contest averaging over
145 yards per game, was limited to just 115 yards on 22 carries and
did not score.
Matt Brown paced the Illinois State offense, completing 12 of 23
passes for 179 yards and one touchdown. Tyrone Walker led all
receivers with seven receptions for 120 yards and caught the lone
touchdown pass from Brown. His third-quarter scoring reception gave
the senior wideout 29 in his career, which tied him with Laurént
Robinson for the most career touchdown receptions in Illinois State
After a scoreless, penalty-free opening half by both teams,
Illinois State scored first on a 36-yard field goal from Nick
Aussieker midway through the third quarter. It capped a 12-play,
56-yard drive that was set up by a 7-yard dash from Brown on
third-and-long. After the field goal, the Illinois State defense
responded with a quick three-and-out, giving the offense the ball
first-and-10 from their own 35-yard line. Brown's first pass attempt
went 11 yards to Lechein Neblett, before he found Walker for a
34-yard reception down the right sideline. Five plays later, Brown
connected with Walker on a 4-yard touchdown reception, giving the
Redbirds a 10-0 lead with 4:01 to play in the third quarter.
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Indiana State's next two possessions would end in sacks,
before Perish was intercepted by Ericksen at midfield. After
Illinois State was forced to punt, the Sycamores' first play was
intercepted by Shelby Harris, making the first career
interception for the junior defensive lineman. The Redbirds
needed just two plays to find the end zone, as Darrelynn Dunn
covered 16 yards on the first play before scoring on a 3-yard
dash, making it 17-0 Illinois State. The senior running back
finished the game with 100 yards on 30 carries, marking the
fifth time this season he has tallied 100-plus yards in a game.
Indiana State got on the board after a 10-play, 75-yard drive
that ended in a 6-yard touchdown pass from Perish to Michael Mardis.
The Sycamores benefited from a 15-yard roughing-the-punter penalty
before finding the end zone, making it 17-7 Illinois State. After
recovering the onside kick, Tanner Fritschle netted a 35-yard field
goal, making it 17-10 Illinois State. The Sycamores attempted
another onside kick but committed an offside penalty on the ensuing
kickoff, allowing Brown to kneel out the victory.
Illinois State will have a bye week next weekend and then return
to play Nov. 17 for the regular-season finale versus Missouri Valley
Football Conference foe and defending FCS national champion No. 1
North Dakota State. Kickoff is slated for noon at Hancock Stadium.
news release received from
Illinois State University]