Redbird Football Falls to Sycamores, 59-24
Oct. 9, 2010
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Sophomore Tyrone Walker's two touchdown receptions were a career-best for the wide receiver, but it was not enough as the Illinois State football team (3-3, 2-2 MVFC) fell to Missouri Valley Football Conference rival Indiana State (3-2, 1-1 MVFC), 59-24, Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Terre Haute, Ind.
Indiana State quickly got on the board, after Ronnie Fouch found Bryant Kent down field for a 40-yard pass play within the first four minutes of the game to make the score 7-0.
With five minutes left in the first quarter, Darrius Gates posted a three-yard touchdown run to give the Sycamores a 14-0 lead over the Redbirds. Illinois State cut Indiana State's lead by three, after senior Steven Fetzer successfully kicked a 50-yard field goal with 30 seconds left in the quarter to make the score 14-3. The field goal was a yard shy of the Mahomet, Ill., native's career best.
Three minutes into the second quarter, Fouch connected with Kent for the second time in the game on a 7-yard pass play, off a tipped pass, lengthening the Sycamores lead by 18 points to 21-3.
Walker brought life back to the Redbirds, as he hauled in a 46-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Matt Brown to cut Indiana State's lead to 21-10 with 10:25 left in the second quarter.
Despite the Redbirds' touchdown, the Sycamores continued to make plays as Shakir Bell broke open for a 62-yard touchdown run with 9:29 remaining in the first half. Darrius Gates' 11-yard touchdown run soon after increased Indiana State's lead by 25 points to 35-10.
The last five minutes of the first half were filled with scoring drives by both teams. Walker was at it again, as he caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Brown deep in the end zone to make the score 35-17.
Indiana State got a little help from Illinois State on its next scoring drive, as a tipped pass by Redbird senior defensive tackle Mike Piton fell right into the hands of Justin Hilton, who ran the ball in for an 11-yard touchdown increasing Indiana State's lead, 41-17.
The Redbirds then worked their way down the field and Brown eventually was able to find Matt Younger in the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown pass, the first of the Redbird freshman's career at Illinois State, which made the score 41-24. Despite having only 48 seconds left in the quarter, Indiana State answered Illinois State's touchdown play with a 30-yard field goal by Cory Little, giving the Sycamores a 20-point advantage heading into the half at 44-24.
The third quarter was not as offensively charged as the first half. Illinois State went for a first down on fourth and four, but did not get the yards they needed with 10:34 left in the quarter. With 16 seconds left in the third, Fouch found Alex Jones in the endzone with a five-yard touchdown pass giving Indiana State six more points. Little missed the extra point, but the Sycamores went into the fourth with a 50-24 lead over the Redbirds.
Indiana State's defense also made an impact in the game. With 7:21 left in the game, Ben Obaseki sacked Brown in Illinois State's endzone adding two points to Indiana State's lead, 52-24.
Despite their lead, the Sycamores did not let up on the Redbirds, as George Cheesborough recorded a 28-yard run for six points with 5:08 left in the game increasing Indiana State's lead, 59-24.
Walker led all receivers with five catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Brown was 14-for-25 with 232 yards, while freshman Corey Shandrick had five carries for 125 yards in kickoff returns. Senior Kelvyn Hemphill had 10 total tackles, while junior Josh Howe was close behind with nine.
Illinois State will return home Saturday Oct. 16, as they host North Dakota State. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
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