The last two times Illinois State has faced off against an FBS foe, the Redbirds have come away with a victory. ISU (1-0) will be looking to extend that streak to three on Saturday, when it travels to Kalamazoo, Michigan, to take on the Western Michigan Broncos (0-1) at Waldo Stadium.
Illinois State's season-opening win over Butler was a memorable one for head coach Brock Spack, who improved to 86-53 in his career at ISU and is now tied with Edwin Struck for the most wins in program history.
Braden Price was all over the field for the Redbirds in their win over Butler in the season opener. The Wheeling, West Virginia, native recorded a pair of interceptions and tied for the team lead with seven tackles against the Bulldogs. The interceptions were the first two for Price in his time as a Redbird and he was also credited with a sack in the contest. His second interception of the night came in the endzone as the Bulldogs were threatening and on the next play from scrimmage after the touchback, Cole Mueller ripped off an 80-yard touchdown run.
Quarterback Bryce Jefferson accounted for four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) in Illinois State's season-opening 49-7 win over Butler Saturday night, as the Redbird offense racked up 491 yards of total offense against the Bulldogs. Jefferson threw for 193 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown strike to Austin Nagel, and rushed for 37 yards on the ground with scores of 5 and 14 yards, respectively.
Game time is 4 pm central time from Waldo Stadium.