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Normal University finds its footing in victory over Springfield Southeast 43-21

Impressive was a ready adjective for Normal University's 43-21 throttling of Springfield Southeast in an Illinois high school football matchup on September 17. Normal University drew first blood by forging a 22-0 margin over Springfield Southeast after the first quarter. The Pioneers registered a 43-0 advantage at halftime over the...
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Spack Could Break ISU Career Wins Record at Eastern Illinois Saturday

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD/WYZZ) — Perhaps it’s perfect. Brock Spack is one win away from becoming Illinois State football’s all-time wins leader. He could break the record Saturday at Eastern Illinois, a school that helped launch his career when he was an assistant in 1986. Local players on the ISU roster...
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Redbird Athletics to celebrate 50th anniversary of Title IX

Illinois State Athletics will officially begin a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the adoption of Title IX in June 2022, with the unveiling of a banner at Redbird Arena for ISU trailblazer and longtime coach/administrator Dr. Linda Herman prior to the 7 p.m. Redbird volleyball match against Illinois on September 17, 2021.

Corinne DeBoard, Javy Garcia Named Eureka College Scholar Athlete of the Week

EUREKA, Ill. – Corinne DeBoard (Centralia, Ill./Christ Our Rock Lutheran) and Javy Garcia (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) are this week's Eureka College Scholar Athletes of the Week. The Eureka College Scholar Athlete of the Week award goes to one male and one female student-athlete every week based on academic achievement and...

WIU faces stiff test at Montana

MACOMB – After facing MAC preseason favorite last week, the schedule does not get any easier for the Western Illinois football team as the Leathernecks return to the road, traveling to face the No. 4 ranked team in FCS, Montana. The Grizzlies are coming off an impressive road win, topping...

No. 14 USC hosts Stanford in early Pac-12 showdown

Stanford (0-1) at No. 14 Southern California (1-0), Saturday at 10:30 p.m. EDT (FOX). Line: USC by 17 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Series record: USC leads 64-33-3. The Cardinal and Trojans open the Pac-12 schedule by resuming their longstanding rivalry after not playing during last season's pandemic-shortened campaign. USC got a flattering 30-7 win over San Jose State thanks to a tenacious defense. But with one touchdown scored in four red-zone visits, the offense will need to show significant improvement for them to contend for the conference title. After being manhandled 24-7 by Kansas State, Stanford needs a victory to keep its season from unraveling.

Watch now: Brock Spack on brink of Illinois State football history

NORMAL — Early in his Illinois State coaching tenure, Brock Spack, his wife Aimee and dog Chase were walking in their Bloomington neighborhood when Aimee came upon a realization. “It was a fall night, dusk and she said ‘Brock, this is the best place we’ve ever lived,’” Spack recalled Tuesday....

Normal University beats Springfield Lanphier 1-0

Normal University opened a 1-0 margin on Springfield Lanphier when officials hit the pause button at Springfield Lanphier High on September 10 in Illinois football action. In recent action on August 27, Springfield Lanphier faced off against Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin and Normal University took on Decatur MacArthur on August 27 at Decatur MacArthur High School. For a full recap, click here.

QB Sims' status uncertain as Georgia Tech tries to regroup

ATLANTA -- A stunning season-opening loss to Northern Illinois has third-year Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins forced to defend the state of his rebuilding process. The health of quarterback Jeff Sims could be a key to Collins' hopes of showing progress in 2021. Collins is 6-16 in his third season...

Huskies rally to upset Georgia Tech

ATLANTA — On the catch that put NIU ahead by the eventual final score of 22-21 over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Saturday night, redshirt senior wide receiver Tyrice Richie was telling everyone he knew he caught it. “I was just telling everyone I caught the ball,” Richie said. “I...

Nathan Garard, Lindsey Johnston Named Eureka College Scholar Athlete of the Week

EUREKA, Ill. – Nathan Garard (Gibson City, Ill./Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley) and Lindsey Johnston (Evansville, Ind./Harrison) are the first recipients of the Eureka College Scholar Athlete of the Week award. The Eureka College Scholar Athlete of the Week award will go to one male and one female student-athlete every week based on...

Redbirds open football season with huge 42-point win

NORMAL (Heart of Illinois ABC) -- The Illinois State Redbirds opened their 2021 fall season in grand fashion by beating Butler 49-7 Saturday night at Hancock Stadium. The offense found the endzone early and often against the Bulldogs. Sophomore quarterback Bryce Jefferson accounted for 4 total touchdowns, while redshirt freshman running back Cole Mueller ran wild for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 8 carries.

Watch now: Illinois State handles Butler in season opener

NORMAL — Bryce Jefferson passed for two touchdowns and rushed for two more Saturday as the Illinois State football team throttled Butler, 49-7, before a crowd of 8,148 in the season opener at Hancock Stadium. The win was the 86th career victory for ISU coach Brock Spack to tie the...

Thompson and K-State open with 24-7 win over Stanford

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Skylar Thompson set the tone for Kansas State when the quarterback put his left shoulder down and bulled into the end zone for the first of his two touchdown runs as the Wildcats opened the season with a 24-7 win over Stanford on Saturday. Thompson, who...
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Uptown Normal businesses ready for kickoff of Redbirds football season

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — College football is back Saturday night at Hancock Stadium in Normal as the Illinois State University Redbirds take on the Butler Bulldogs. It’s the first time since 2019 that football will be played in the fall at ISU. The return to a normal football season means...