2016 Illinois State Redbirds Football Team
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2016 Illinois State Redbirds Football Team
2016 Illinois State Redbirds football
Illinois State Redbirds Wordmark.png
ConferenceMissouri Valley Football Conference
2016 record6-6 (4-4 MVFC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorKurt Beathard
Defensive coordinatorSpence Nowinsky
Home stadiumHancock Stadium
(Capacity: 13,391)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Missouri Valley Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 3 North Dakota State +^   7 1         12 2  
No. 6 South Dakota State +^   7 1         9 4  
No. 2 Youngstown State ^   6 2         12 4  
Illinois State ^   4 4         6 6  
Northern Iowa   4 4         5 6  
Western Illinois   3 5         6 5  
South Dakota   3 5         4 7  
Indiana State   2 6         4 7  
Missouri State   2 6         4 7  
Southern Illinois   2 6         4 7  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll

The 2016 Illinois State Redbirds football team represented Illinois State University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by eighth-year head coach Brock Spack and played their home games at Hancock Stadium. They were a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. They finished the season 6-6, 4-4 in MVFC play to finish in a tie for fourth place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs where they lost to Central Arkansas in the first round.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 36:00 pmValparaiso*No. 10ESPN3W 50-1310,026
September 102:30 pmat Northwestern*No. 10BTNW 9-730,748
September 172:00 pmEastern Illinois*No. 5
CSN CHL 21-2413,391
September 242:00 pmIndiana StateNo. 9ESPN3L 31-346,561
October 11:00 pmat No. 1 North Dakota StateNo. 18ESPN3L 10-3118,907
October 82:00 pmNo. 15 Youngstown StatedaggerNo. 23
  • Hancock Stadium
  • Normal, IL
CSN CHL 6-2012,570
October 156:00 pmSouthern Illinois
  • Hancock Stadium
  • Normal, IL
CSN CHW 31-2810,211
October 222:00 pmat South DakotaESPN3L 24-277,416
October 292:00 pmNo. 7 South Dakota State
  • Hancock Stadium
  • Normal, IL
CSN CHW 38-217,595
November 51:00 pmat No. 12 Western IllinoisESPN3W 31-263,589
November 1212:00 pmMissouri State
  • Hancock Stadium
  • Normal, IL
ESPN3W 37-07,144
November 262:00 pmat No. 14 Central Arkansas*ESPN3L 24-313,165

Game summaries

Valparaiso

1 2 3 4 Total
Crusaders 3 7 0 3 13
#10 Redbirds 7 27 9 7 50

@ Northwestern

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Redbirds 0 6 0 3 9
Wildcats 0 0 0 7 7

The Redbirds beat the Wildcats 9-7. The win came on an Illinois State field goal as time expired. This was ISU's first-ever victory over a Big Ten team.[1][2]

Eastern Illinois

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 7 7 7 24
#5 Redbirds 0 0 7 14 21

@ Indiana State

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Redbirds 0 7 7 17 31
Sycamores 7 10 7 10 34

@ North Dakota State

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Redbirds 3 7 0 0 10
#1 Bison 7 21 3 0 31

Youngstown State

1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Penguins 0 3 0 17 20
#23 Redbirds 0 0 6 0 6

Southern Illinois

1 2 3 4 Total
Salukis 10 0 11 7 28
Redbirds 7 7 14 3 31

@ South Dakota

1 2 3 4 Total
Redbirds 7 10 0 7 24
Coyotes 17 7 3 0 27

South Dakota State

1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Jackrabbits 0 14 7 0 21
Redbirds 14 14 0 10 38

@ Western Illinois

1 2 3 4 Total
Redbirds 14 7 7 3 31
#12 Leathernecks 0 16 3 7 26

Missouri State

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 0 0 0
Redbirds 3 14 17 3 37

FCS Playoffs

First Round-Central Arkansas

1 2 3 4 Total
Redbirds 10 7 0 7 24
#14 Bears 0 7 0 24 31

Ranking movements

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final
STATS FCS 10 10 5 9 18 23 RV RV RV RV RV RV RV
Coaches 8 9 5 12 20 23 RV RV NR RV RV 25 RV

References

  1. ^ Reinhardt, Randy (September 10, 2016). "ISU Upsets Northwestern with Game-Winning Field Goal". The Pantagraph. Bloomington. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Helfgot, Mike (September 10, 2016). "Illinois State Topples Northwestern 9-7 on Field Goal as Time Expires". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2016.

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