Redbirds make FCS playoffs, will head to
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[November 19, 2012]
-- The Illinois State football players and coaches had a
lot to cheer about Sunday at the Kaufman Football Building when the
playoff field was announced by the NCAA, as the team was selected to
participate in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Division
for the first time since 2006. The Redbirds (8-3, 5-3 MVFC) will
travel to Appalachian State (8-3, 6-2 SoCon) on Dec. 1 for a
second-round game at 1 p.m. CT, which will be broadcast live on
ISU, which was ranked No. 16 in the final regular-season poll,
released Sunday by The Sports Network, will be making its fourth
NCAA playoff appearance in school history. The Redbirds are 3-3
all-time in playoff games, with appearances in 1999, 1999 and 2006.
The 1999 team advanced to the semifinals but was eliminated by
eventual national champion Georgia Southern and Walter Payton
Award-winner Adrian Peterson in Statesboro, Ga.
The Redbirds finished in a tie for third place in the Missouri
Valley Football Conference this season, with wins over
then-nationally ranked Youngstown State and Indiana State. ISU also
posted a perfect 5-0 road record, including the program's first win
over a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent since 1991, when it
defeated Eastern Michigan by a score of 31-14 on Sept. 8.
Illinois State is one of three Missouri Valley Football
Conference members selected to participate in the 20-team field. No.
1-ranked North Dakota State (10-1, 7-1 MVFC) is the No. 1 overall
seed in the playoffs, while South Dakota State (8-3, 6-2 MVFC) faces
Eastern Illinois in the opening round on Nov. 24.
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Perennial FCS contender Appalachian State is ranked No. 7 by The
Sports Network and will host the Redbirds at Kidd Brewer Stadium in
Boone, N.C. The Mountaineers clinched their record-tying 12th
Southern Conference championship with a 33-28 victory over Furman at
home Saturday. APSU won three consecutive FCS national championships
from 2005-07 and gained national attention early in the 2007 season,
when it shocked No. 5-ranked Michigan and defeated the Wolverines
34–32 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Fans wanting to purchase tickets for the game can do so by
calling the Illinois State Athletics ticket office, beginning at 9
a.m. Monday, or by ordering online at
GoRedbirds.com. Ticket prices
will be $25 for adults, $15 for youth ages 3-12, ages 2 and under
free, and ISU students can buy a ticket for $5.
news release received from
Illinois State University]