NORMAL, IL--I am in Normal, IL to see NDSU play Illinois State. It is the Redbirds' homecoming game today so the parking lot is quite full. It is a nice day in central Illinois with a 70+ degree day and not a cloud in the sky.
One tid bit. The NHL's Stanley Cup was here before the game.
ISU scores after an INT by EJ Jones that set the Redbirds up at the NDSU 25 yard line. Two plays later. Tyrone Walker scored from 25 yards out from a pass from Matt Brown. ISU 7 NDSU 0 8:48 in the 1st Qtr.
NDSU 58 yard, 10 play drive gets the Bison within 7-3 on a 39 yard Ryan Jastram field goal at the 3:35 mark of the 1st qtr.
NDSU recovers a fumble by ISU--returned 31 yards to the ISU 7 yard line. One play later, DJ McNorton scores from 7 yards out to put NDSU up 10-7 at the 2:08 mark.
End of the 1st qtr. ISU is starting the ensuing position, starting the 2nd qtr with ISU at their own 39.
ISU scored on 16 play drive with a 23 yard FG by Steven Fetzer to tie the game at 10-10. We have 9:31 left in the 2nd qtr.
Couple of exchanges of punts. Right now 2:30 left in the 1st half. ISU ball now but still tied at 10-10.
NDSU takes over after a ISU punt at the ISU 48 yard line. Bison quaterback Jose Mohler took the first play on draw to the end zone to put NDSU up 17-10.
ISU got to the NDSU 30 before half but douldn't turn the 1st half's final drive into point. NDSU leads at the half 17-10.
ISU took the opening 2nd half possesion the lenght of the field 61 yards ending with a 5 yard TD reception by Matt Younger to tie the game at 17-17 with 10:34 left in the 3rd qter.
NDSU drive to ISU 4 but Jose Mohler fumbles there to give ISU back the ball with 7:50 left in 3rd qtr.
ISU takes over and scores on a 96 yard drive with the key play on the second play of the drive with a 73 yard run by Eric Smith and that set up Ashton Leggett from one yard out to put ISU up 24-17. 5:51 to go in the 3rd qtr.
NDSU drives deep into ISU territory again but Jose Mohler again fumbles--this time at the ISU 14. Right now, 2:55 left in the 3rd
End of the 3rd qtr. ISU 24 NDSU 17. Attendence for today's homecoming game was 10,131.
ISU ends the carry-over drive with a 31 yard field goal at the 11:49 mark of the 4th qtr. ISU up 27-17.
NDSU scores on the next possession on a 26 yard reception from Mohler to Warren Holloway at the 8:07 mark of the 4th qtr to cut the lead to three. ISU 27 NDSU 24.
On a third and 10 play, ISU scores on a 49 yard swing pass to running back Ashton Leggett with 2:59 left in the game to go up 34-24.
Pass Intercepted by ISU with just under 2:00 to go. NDSU is out of timeouts. Game over with three kneeldowns by ISU. Final Illinois State 34 North Dakota State 24..