The Redbirds (10-1, 7-1 MVFC) will be making their fifth
appearance in the FCS playoffs (1998, 1999, 2006, 2012) and
hosting their first playoff game at Hancock Stadium since 1999.
ISU will host the winner of the first-round contest between
fellow Missouri Valley Conference member Northern Iowa and
Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. The MVFC led all
conferences with a league-record five selections, as North
Dakota State, South Dakota State and Indiana State joined the
Redbirds and the Panthers in the bracket.
ISU, which was ranked No. 7 in the final regular-season poll
released by The Sports Network Sunday, is 4-4 all-time in
playoff games and will be making its second appearance in the
FCS playoffs in the last three seasons. The Redbirds earned a
share of the MVFC championship, their first since 1999, after
they defeated Southern Illinois by a score of 44-29 in the
regular-season finale. The win gave the Redbirds their first
10-win regular season in school history and tied them with NDSU
atop the MVFC standings.
Tickets for the contest will go on sale at GoRedbirds.com/tickets
beginning at 3 p.m., Sunday. Fans can also begin calling the
Illinois State Athletics Ticket office at 9 a.m., Monday
morning, or stop by the Redbird Arena ticket office at that time
as well. Ticket prices will be $20 for adults (reserved and
general admission), $10 for youth ages three to 12 (ages two and
under free) and ISU students can buy a ticket for $5.
[Michael Williams, Illinois State
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