Southeast Missouri State starting quarterback Daniel Santacaterina has injuries to his foot and shoulder and is not starting today. He is available, but hasn't been able to walk this week. Redshirt junior Joe Pyle is starting. Brings more of a run game to the position than Santacaterina, but less of a passing threat.
Illinois State back-up quarterback Bryce Jefferson (redshirt freshman) also starting for Redbirds. Starting QB Brady Davis suffered a torn ACL Nov. 16. Jack Baltz and Jefferson have led Illinois State to 6 points in last 6 halves of football.
SEMO to start JR C Dane Nelson instead of SR Tyler Ford (concussion).
Illinois State does nothing for 6 plays but hand off to SR RB James Robinson. He gains 78 yards and Redbirds score from 11 yards out at 11:24 mark for a 7-0 lead.
SEMO FB WR Zack Smith fumbles kick-off after hitting ground (ruled down). Did the same thing on 1st play. Redbirds return it for a TD, but is being reviewed.
Review overturns TD. SEMO football at own 25 yard line.
SEMO does nothing on first drive. Illinois State ball at own 28 w/ 10:00 and change left in 1Q.
SEMO defense forces Illinois State punt. Takes over at own 3-yard line.
SEMO offensive drives stalls, Redhawks get BIG gain on 4th down w/ fake punt snap to LB Devin Alexander. Eventually get a 46-yard FG from K Kendrick Tiller at 3:12 mark 1Q. Illinois State leads 7-3.
Illinois State SR RB James Robinson is already over 100 yards rushing. Terrible sign for SEMO. Redbirds are driving, have ball at SEMO 18 to start 2Q.
Illinois State run game just pummelling SEMO defense. Redbird QB scores at 14:04 mark 2Q on a 16-yard keeper. Redbirds lead 14-3 and already approaching 200 yards gained on the ground.
SEMO defense forces an Illinois State punt. Takes over offensively at own 20 w/ 9:20 left in 2Q
Illinois State QB throws a prayer while under durress. Completes it for 33-yard score. Redbirds lead 21-3 final minutes of first half. Game has gone perfectly for Illinois State.
Illinois State gameplan has unfolded perfectly. Redbirds lead 21-3 at halftime. Illinois State with 218 yards rushing. Take LB Devin Alexander's 34-yard fake punt run out of the equation and SEMO has 25 yards rushing in 1H.
Joe Pyle is the SEMO QB for the 2H. Opens the half w/ terrible throw that bounces to WR on a screen.
Illinois State RB James Robinson w/ season-high 205 yards rushing and there is still 23:00 left to play. Redbirds have converted a pair of 3rd downs on this drive. This game is over.
SEMO inserts QB Daniel Santacaterina in game mid 3Q. He promptly throws a pick. However, Illinois State can't convert the turnover into points. SEMO takes over at own 20 w/ 2:29 mark 3Q.
SEMO sticking w/ Santacaterina and it is working to start the 4th Q. He has hit WR Kristian Wilkerson for some long gains. Redhawks have ball at Illinois State 19-yard line.
SEMO drive stalls. K Kendrick Tiller boots a 34-yard FG at 14:14 to pull Redhawks w/in 21-6.
Santacaterina just drilled on a sack. No one blocked. Drive stalls. Illinois State takes over w/ 5:40 at midfield.
Under 5:00 remaining, Illinois State just running the ball/clock. Headed down to the field. I'm out.