NORMAL, Ill (NWN) — Jackson Waring fired a 27-yard touchdown pass to Austin Nagel in overtime to give Illinois State a 17-10 win over No. 13-ranked Northern Iowa on Saturday, the Redbirds’ first overtime win since 2015 Of.
The Redbirds got their only touchdown during regulation when Clayton Isbell picked up Theo Day pass and returned it from 40 yards for the first score of the game. They were conducted without first down in the second half. The state of Illinois managed to commit the offense for just 164 yards.
Illinois State (4-5, 2-4 Missouri Valley) took a 10-0 lead in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers cut the deficit to seven with 9:48 on a 27-yard field goal by Matthew Cook.
Day set up the tying touchdown with a 60-yard pass to Isaiah Weston that gave Northern Iowa the first and goal at Illinois State 8. He found Sam Schnee behind the end zone after the first 4 yard run since the day .
After taking the lead in overtime, Illinois State filled a pair of Northern Iowa runs and Day threw unfinished on back-to-back pass attempts to end the game.
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