Illinois State took advantage of what turned out to be a beautiful Saturday afternoon and played a scrimmage.
Quarterback Jake Kolbe threw two touchdown passes in the game and finished 11-for-20 for 121 yards on the afternoon.
ISU head coach Brock Spack believes the team has a lot of room for improvement.
“I didn’t think we were really sharp, really anywhere,” Spack said. “But I expect a little bit more out of our passing offense.
One of the touchdowns went for 36 yards to last season’s leading receiver for the Redbirds, Anthony Warrum. The Indiana native finished the afternoon with a pair of catches for 44 yards.
The running game was not able to get much, as the defensive was stout between the tackles.
The game’s leading rusher, redshirt freshman DeMarco Corbin, had 18 yards on two carries. The longest run of the game went for 15 yards.
Special teams had a bright spot after junior defensive lineman Dalton Keene blocked an extra point, and defensive back Davontae Harris scooped up the ball and ran it all the way back for two points.
The Redbirds now focus on preparing for the season opener at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 against Valparaiso at home.