The Redbirds scored a season-high 55 points in the win over the Sycamores
The game will be the first of three-straight at the newly-renovated Hancock Stadium for the Redbirds.
The game will be broadcast live on Comcast Sportsnet Chicago at 2 p.m.
Linebacker Alex Donnelly set a career-best with 10 tackles against the Bears.
Illinois State won nine games in 2012.
Illinois State Vs. Northern Iowa on Nov. 2, 2013.
Saturday, Oct. 5 at Hancock Stadium for 2013 Homecoming
Photos from Dayton game.
2012 Redbird Football Spring Camp (April 5)
2013: Saw action in all 11 games, with nine starts at outside linebacker ... ended the year with 46 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles-for-loss ... also added a pass breakup and forced a fumble ... had two tackles and a half of a sack in the season opener at Ball State ... set career bests in tackles (10), sacks (1.0) and tackles-for-loss (1.5) in a blowout win over Indiana State ... had six tackles and forced a fumble at Missouri State ... posted seven stop at North Dakota State.
2012: Played in all 13 games as a reserve linebacker and on special teams ... finished the season with six total tackles ... recorded a season-high two tackles and added a tackle-for-loss in the second-round playoff win at Appalachian State.
2011: Appeared in 10 games, all as a reserve... recorded three tackles, including one tackle-for-loss ... had one tackle in each game against Eastern Illinois, Morehead State and at Missouri State.
2010: Played in all 11 games ... finished the season with 11 tackles, all coming on special teams ... all 11 of those special teams tackles came on the kickoff coverage team ... posted a career-high three stops in the win at No. 20 South Dakota State ... had a pair of solo tackles in the Homecoming win over No.14 North Dakota State.
Bolingbrook HS: A two-sport athlete who competed in both football and track and field ... an all-state special mention selection as a senior ... earned Southwest Suburban Conference All-Conference honors senior year ... recorded 65 total tackles a senior, along with two interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one quarterback sack ... member of two-straight Southwest Suburban Conference regular-season championship teams ... placed fifth in the indoor 4x400-meters at the IHSA State Track and Field Championships as a junior ... conference champion in the 400-meter dash as a sophomore and set a school record for the 4x200-meter run ... coached in football by John Ivlow.
Personal: Born November 20, 1990, in Bolingbrook, Ill. ... the son of Brian Westphal and Gayle Fountain ... one of three children ... his grandfather, Charles Westphal, played football at Montana State-Billings ... intended major is business administration.