Redbirds Defeat UNI, 13-3, Finish Undefeated at Home in 2013
Nov. 2, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Fans who braved a windy fall afternoon at newly-renovated Hancock Stadium were treated with a victory, as Illinois State (5-4, 4-2 MVFC) defeated Northern Iowa (4-5, 0-5 MVFC), 13-3, on Senior Day Saturday at Hancock Stadium. The Redbirds finished the season 5-0, marking the first undefeated slate at Hancock Stadium since 1999.
Linebacker Pat Meehan paced a stifling Redbird defense effort with a career-high and team-best 11 tackles. Tevin Allen and Colton Underwood added eight tackles each, and Allen chipped in a tackle-for-loss and an interception.
The defensive unit forced a total of eight punts and allowed a season-low three points. The three points allowed by the ISU defense was its lowest of the season and marked the first time Illinois State did not allow a touchdown since a 23-3 win at Western Illinois on Sept. 22, 2012.
Blake Winkler completed 11-of-23 pass-attempts for 91-yards and did not commit a turnover on offense and Marshaun Coprich tallied 81-yards on 32 attempts to lead the rushing attack. Nick Aussieker connected on field goal attempts of 24-yards and 28-yards and converted his only point after attempt.
The Redbirds and Panthers exchanged punts on both of their first drives. Teddy Corwin's blocked punt on Northern Iowa's second drive of the game led to a 24-yard field goal from Aussieker, giving the Redbirds an early 3-0 lead . The Redbirds then scored their first defensive touchdown of the season on a scoop and score fumble recovery by Allen, who ran it back for a 17-yard touchdown to give the Redbirds a 10-0 edge.
After an injury to UNI starting quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen as the second quarter came to an end, Nebraska transfer Brion Carnes took over for the Panthers, but struggled, finishing 4-for-14 for just 20 yards. The Panthers jumped on the board following a blocked punt at the Illinois State 22-yard line. Kicker Tyler Sieversten connected on a 37-yard field goal attempt, cutting the Redbird lead to 10-3 with 4:49 to play in the third quarter.
Illinois State capped the scoring with a 28-yard field goal by Aussieker, ending an eight-drive scoring drought for Illinois State. Punter CJ Laros pinned a fourth-quarter punt at the Northern Iowa 1-yard line when Allen downed the ball, and the Illinois State defense forced a three-and-out to secure the win.
The Redbirds will travel to Fargo, N.D., next Saturday to take on top-ranked North Dakota State. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. CT, with the game being broadcast live on Fox College Sports and Fox Sports North.
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