Vidette Online: Redbirds Declaw Panthers, 21-13

Marshaun Coprich led the Redbirds’ offensive attack again, finishing with 33 carries for the second straight week, including two touchdowns. Coprich finished with 169 yards to give him the ISU career rushing yards record (3,378). (Paige Meisenheimer/Photo Editor)By Josh Tolentino

Courtesy of Vidette Online

College Sports Journal

 

NORMAL, Ill. —From the opening drive, it was a game of musical chairs for the Illinois State University offense under center.

 

After a hand injury sustained during practice on Wednesday limited starting quarterback Tre Roberson, coach Brock Spack gave redshirt freshman Jake Kolbe the start and constantly switched the pair in and out of the game.

 

The game plan paid dividends as No. 4 ISU (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) defeated No. 6 Northern Iowa (2-2, 0-1) on a windy, overacast Saturday afternoon, in front of a second-straight sold out crowd (13,391) at Hancock Stadium

 

“It made a huge difference,” UNI coach Mark Farley said. “We had to re-do our entire game plan. It was designed to take his [Roberson] part of the run away.”

 

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