ISU has now won three-straight against WIU, the first three-game win streak in the series history since 1946-48.
The game will mark the 102nd in the series between ISU and EIU.
Redbirds led 21-9 in second quarter, but the Cardinals rallied in second half for the win.
The game will be the 17th in the series between the two schools.
Illinois State won nine games in 2012.
2012: Played 10 games for the Redbirds, mostly on special teams ... tied for third on the team with five special teams tackles, all of which came on the kickoff coverage unit ... recorded at least one tackle in four-straight games from Oct. 20 to Nov. 17 ... posted a career-best two tackles in a road victory at Indiana State.
At West Virginia: Enrolled at WVU in January before transferring to ISU.
At Eden Prairie HS: Two-year starter for head coach Mike Grant ... led the team to a combined 21-3 record during junior and senior seasons ... completed 45-of-90 passes for 719 yards and eight touchdowns with no interceptions as a senior in 2010 ... named a First-Team All-Lake Conference selection after final season ... rated No. 6 on the Rivals.com Minnesota Postseason Top 10 ... also a three-year starter for the baseball team taht was ranked No. 2 nationally.
Personal: Born July 23, 1993 in Eden Prairie, Minn. ... son of Jim and Amy Athey ... one of two children ... his grandfather, Dwight Wallace, was the head coach at Ball State from 1978-84 ... member of the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll ... plans to major in business and economics.