NORMAL, Ill. -- Collin Keoshian scored on a 3-yard run to cap a 91-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter as Illinois State christened its remodeled stadium by holding off Abilene Christian 31-17 Saturday night.
Defense was the difference as the Redbirds (1-2) kept the high-powered offense of the Wildcats (3-1) in check.
Abilene Christian entered the game averaging 65 points and 562 yards per contest. The Wildcats were limited to 288 yards.
Illinois State took a 17-10 lead late in the second quarter on a 19-yard pass from Blake Winkler to Camero Meredith and then got a 62-yard punt return on the last play of the half to push its lead to 14.
ACU then took advantage of a botched fourth-down gamble to pull within a touchdown on a John David Baker's second touchdown pass but after the teams traded punts the Redbirds responded with a drive that lasted almost 7 minutes.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes quarterback Sean Maguire is ready to go full speed by the middle of June.
Graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb has officially joined California, giving the Golden Bears an experienced option to replace No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff.
First-year football coach Dino Babers, hired by former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle, is on the committee that will search for Coyle's replacement.
Hugh Freeze has some major holes to fill on offense with the departures of Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, but there is Chady Kelly and good depth.
After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The destination for Week 6 of the Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip is unanimous, as all three conference reporters would head to the Red River Rivalry.
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