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.
South Carolina's loss to The Citadel, coupled with Georgia and Florida struggling in tight victories, was an embarrassment for the conference.
Matt Johnson pass complete to Gehrig Dieter for 1 yd for a TD
Fred Coppet run for 62 yds to the BalSt 3 for a 1ST down
The SEC prides itself on being the best of football conferences, but Adam Rittenberg points out that Alabama is the only team from the SEC with any actual chance of reaching the playoff.
The Sooners, after defeating ranked opponents in consecutive weeks, jumped two key playoff contenders to land in the top four.
Greg Windham pass complete to Keith Heitzman for 5 yds for a TD (Josiah Yazdani KICK)
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