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Just some reading material about The Redbirds chances for a competitive game.


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Redbirds Hang Tough In Loss to Minnesota

Demetrus Johnson rushed for 104 yards Saturday.
Minneapolis, Minn.– For nearly three quarters Saturday, the Illinois State football team kept the score close against Minnesota, but the Gophers, behind a pair of 80-yard scoring plays, pulled ahead and avoided the upset, winning 37-21.

The Redbirds fall to 1-1 on the season and get set to face in-state rival Eastern Illinois next Saturday.

Illinois State set the tone almost immediately and sent a message to the Gophers that the game was not going to be an easy one. On Minnesota?s first play from scrimmage, Redbird linebacker Kye Stewart brought down Gopher running back Marion Barber for a 3-yard loss, leading to a three-and-out series.

On the Redbirds? ensuing drive, Yance Vaughan (33-57, 372 yards, 2 TD?s, 2 INT?s) connected with Ramon Barber who ran 43 yards down the Minnesota sideline and into the end zone for an early 7-0 lead. Barber finished the day with 6 catches for 66 yards.

The Redbirds forced the Gophers to punt on their second series when a touchdown pass was called back because of a holding penalty. Minnesota got on the board with 6:27 left in the first quarter on a seven-play 72-yard scoring drive. Quarterback Bryan Cupito connected with Jared Ellerson on a 2-yard strike, tying the game, 7-7.

Trumaine Banks stalled the Redbirds? next drive with an interception in the end zone on a pass intended for Laur?nt Robinson (9 catches, 80 yards). Marion Barber put the Gophers ahead with 8:25 left in the first half on a 5-yard touchdown run up the middle, making the score 14-7.

A 23-yard touchdown pass from Vaughan to Jason Horton in one-on-one coverage tied the game at 14. The Gophers regained the lead just before halftime when their two-minute drill resulted in a 10-yard touchdown run by Barber. Justin Martindale blocked the extra point, but the Gophers held a 20-14 halftime lead.

Minnesota pulled farther ahead in the second half with a field goal and an 80-yard touchdown run by Laurence Maroney. An 80-yard strike from Cupito to Ernie Wheelwright put the Gophers up 37-14.

James Temple stripped Justine Valentine of the ball at the Minnesota goal line and a roughing the kicker penalty set up the Redbirds? final touchdown. Vaughan ran in a quarterback keeper from one yard out for the game?s final score.

Demetrus Johnson was the leading rusher for the Redbirds, carrying 14 times for 104 yards.

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Game Notes:
? Wide receiver Jason Horton hauled in his first career touchdown pass in the second quarter on a pass from Yance Vaughan.
? Wide receiver Pierre Jackson played cornerback for the first time in his career against Minnesota.
? Demetrus Johnson ended Minnesota?s streak of 15 straight games without giving up a 100-yard rusher.
? The 16-point margin of defeat was the lowest for the Redbirds against a Division I-A opponent since a 20-14 loss to North Texas in 1996.

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Illinois State vs Minnisota game recap

Stop it I say, Stop it. Are you trying to scare us here - I'm having a hard enough time with the reoccuring nightmare of the Valdosta game. Were I'm soaking wet, because somebody forgot to pack his poncho, the rain won't stop and the wind is blowing like crazy, Lighting halts the game and I'm shaking like I was caught in some kind of turbulance. And then it happens a football games proceeds, but the FAU Fighting Owls look different - they look like a bunch of Pee-Wee's with grown-up uniforms, some running around the field while others are standing not knowing what to do.

I notice someone on the sideline, a coach I belive, he is screeming, waving his arms and stuff, looking as if he is trying to bring order with-in the chaos on the field, but to no avail.

The choas has ended and the home team has suffered tremendoulsy to a weaker opponent - David has slain Goliath.

I awake to find myself rather wet, looking down in total shock, Goliath has been slain.
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Illinois State vs Minnisota game recap

But the coach is not only waving in the direction of the players, he's waving at stands/fans. He's annoyed that the cheerleaders aren't cheering loud enough!!

I had my rain coat and I still got soaked! >:(
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Illinois State vs Minnisota game recap

Well, from what I am hearring, the cheering department will be without cheers for at least 1/2 of the season - now I have no idea what that means, 1/2 the home games or half the season. Oops, looking at the schedule it doesn't appear to make much difference.

Is it just me or am I being very sarcastic today!!
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Illinois State vs Minnisota game recap

I already volunteered you for my Dr Phil session.

First the band and now the cheerleaders!! Now we're really stuck with the "Who Let the Owls out" cheer.. :-/
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Illinois State vs Minnisota game recap

What times the appointment, I'm there 8-)
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