The Illinois State Redbirds suffered its second-straight loss Saturday afternoon, falling 34-31 at Indiana State.
ISU has picked up a bad habit so far this season coming out of the gate slow. The offense produced just seven first half points, and the team trailed 17-7 at the half. Another late and fierce comeback for ISU was not enough to overcome the deficit from the first half.
Sophomore quarterback Jake Kolbe did not start the game because of a shoulder injury which occurred in the loss at home to Eastern Illinois last week, but did come in relief to bring the offense some life in the second half. The Redbirds started freshman Tristan Smith, who finished 2-for-5 and throwing for six yards.
Kolbe threw three touchdowns in the second half, two coming in the fourth quarter. The Naperville native finished 25-for-32 (78 percent) for 258 yards. Kolbe was sacked three times, and lost a fumble late in the fourth quarter with the Redbirds down three and driving.
Senior All-American wide receiver Anthony Warrum had a massive afternoon for the Redbirds, hauling in 10 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
The ISU rushing attack was led by sophomore George Moreira, who had six carries for 37 yards and a touchdown. The Redbirds totaled 121 yards on the ground.
On the defensive side for the Redbirds, junior safety Alec Kocour led the way with 13 total tackles, four of which were solo. Kocour also had an interception and a quarterback hurry in the game.
Indiana State’s offense managed 208 yards rushing and a total of 445 yards. The Sycamores had a well balanced attack and were able to move the ball with ease on the Redbirds defense for most of the contest.
ISU travels to No. 1 ranked North Dakota State on Saturday to try and put a halt to the current two game slide.