A win would secure ISU's fifth-consecutive winning season under head coach Brock Spack.
Illinois State will look to extend its winning streak to four in a row, after three straight wins at home.
The Redbirds scored a season-high 55 points in the win over the Sycamores
Linebacker Alex Donnelly set a career-best with 10 tackles against the Bears.
The game will be the 17th in the series between the two schools.
The Illinois State football team takes on the Youngstown State Penguins
ISU takes on SIU at the Homecoming Football game.
Photos from Dayton game.
Illinois State Football at Eastern Michigan (9/8/12
2013: Started all 11 games at outside linebacker ... ranked second on the team with 74 tackles, half of which were solo stops ... added two sacks and 5.5 tackles-for-loss and broke up five passes ... posted eight tackles and a half TFL in the season opener at Ball State ... tied a career-best with 10 tackles at Missouri State ... had five tackles and a sack in a win over Abilene Christian ... matched season and career-best with 10 tackles and 1.5 TFL and a sack in a win over Indiana State ... broke up three pass attempts and added seven tackles in a win over South Dakota.
2012: Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team selection ... named to the College Sports Journal Football Championship Subdivision Freshman All-America Team ... played in all 13 games at outside linebacker, with four starting assignments ... started three-straight games in place of Austin Davis, who was out with a hand injury ... finished the season with 43 tackles, a sack, an interception and three tackles-for-loss ... also added three pass breakups ... had a career-day with 10 tackles, a TFL and an interception in the overtime win against Eastern Illinois ... returned that interception 30 yards for a touchdown against the Panthers ... followed that up with seven tackles and fumble recovery in road win at Western Illinois ... recorded first career sack in road victory at UNI ... had seven tackles in the second-round road playoff victory at Appalachian State.
Lake Washington HS: Three-year letterwinner ... named a Second Team All-King County selection as a senior after helping team turn around two losing records ... named a top-100 prospect by the Seattle Times ... was a team captain sophomore through senior season and named team MVP as a senior ... averaged 7.5 tackles-per-game and led the league in tackles-for-loss, despite playing with a cast and missing three games ... also intercepted three passes and led the team in tackles ... named a First-Team All-King County selection at running back and linebacker as a junior ... averaged 6.5 tackles-per-game and rushed for 747 yards on 120 carries ... ranked third in the conference in tackles ... tallied 72 tackles to rank fourth in the conference in tackles as a sophomore ... coached by Ray Roberts ... also a two-year letterwinner on the baseball team.
Personal: Born April 27, 1993, in Bellevue, Wash. ... son of Tim and Nada Donnelly ... has one sister, Serena ... his father, Tim, played football at Miami (Ohio) ... plans to major in renewable energy.