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(STATS) -- Though it has highly anticipated trip to Fargo looming on Oct. Jordan Matthews Jersey . 1, Illinois State certainly cant afford to look ahead entering a matchup with an Indiana State team led by one of the MVFCs hottest quarterbacks.After a rare home loss dropped them from fifth to ninth in the STATS FCS Top 25, the Redbirds hit the road hoping to bounce back Saturday when they try to slow Isaac Harker and the Sycamores in the conference opener for both clubs.Illinois State (2-1) was riding high following a 9-7 victory at Northwestern on Sept. 10 before making some crucial miscues at the wrong times in last Saturdays 24-21 loss to rival Eastern Illinois. The Redbirds committed three turnovers before a furious late rally fell short as they lost for only the second time in their last 22 contests in Normal.It was a very eye-opening experience for our players, because really to be honest with you, we played hard -- particularly defensively, Illinois State coach Brock Spack said. We moved the ball. We had (443) total yards of offense -- almost 200 more than they did, but there are a couple statistics that are very telling. One is three turnovers.Spacks squad, which has earned a share of the last two MVFC titles with North Dakota State, will have a titanic showdown against the top-ranked Bison on Oct. 1. First, the Redbirds will have to figure out a way to contain Harker, the MVFC offensive player of the week. He leads an Indiana State offense that has put up at least 27 points in all three contests.Harker ranks second in the MVFC with 284.7 passing yards per game after completing 22 of 36 attempts for 302 yards and three touchdowns in the Sycamores 27-24 come-from-behind win over Southeast Missouri last weekend. The sophomore was 11 of 16 for 126 yards and two scores in the fourth quarter and hit Miles Thompson for the go-ahead TD with 10.8 seconds remaining.We found a lot of positives about Isaac in how he handles stress and pressure, Indiana State coach Mike Sanford said. Our team has a ton of confidence in him and thats going to be big moving forward.Robert Tonyan, a 6-foot-6 receiver, poses the biggest matchup problem for the Redbirds. He finished with seven catches for 90 yards and a touchdown against SEMO, giving him a conference-best 22 receptions for 272 yards and four scores overall. Tonyan finished with nine catches for 117 yards and three TDs in a 27-24 loss at Illinois State last October.The Redbirds, however, have been the MVFCs best defensive team early on, ranking first in sacks (10), total defense (223.3 yards allowed per game) and opponent passer rating (88.3). They havent been nearly as sharp offensively, totaling just 30 points since a 50-13 win over Valparaiso in the opener.Jake Kolbe has thrown for 562 yards in the two games, but he threw a big interception against the Panthers to raise his total to four. Anthony Warrum (16 catches, 252 yards) and Spencer Schnell (19 receptions, 150 yards) have been the top targets in the passing game.Theyll try to find the holes in a defense that ranks eighth in the 10-team league with 253.3 passing yards allowed per game.Our defense improved (last week), but its still not where I expect it to be as the season progresses, Sanford said. We have quite a few young players in the secondary.The Sycamores (2-1), who couldnt hold on to a 24-9 halftime lead over the Redbirds last season, have had all kinds of trouble in this series, dropping 16 of the past 18 meetings.---=MORE FBS TESTS=So far, eight FCS programs have defeated FBS teams this season. Thirteenth-ranked Western Illinois (2-0) and Missouri State (2-0) hope to join that list in their nonconference finales this weekend.The Leathernecks will try to build on their strong start when they take on former rival Northern Illinois for the first time since 2009. The Huskies look to avoid their first 0-4 start since 1999, while Western aims to snap a 15-game skid versus FBS opponents.Missouri State, which went 1-10 last season, seeks its first 3-0 start since 2004 as it travels to Kansas State on Saturday night. The Bears, though, have lost 30 straight versus FBS foes dating to a 31-24 win over UNLV in 1990. The Wildcats (1-1) have won three all-time meetings -- all in Manhattan -- by a combined 160-43, including a 51-9 rout in the most recent matchup in 2012. Brandon Tate Jersey .C. -- Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Custom Buffalo Bills Jerseys . On June 12, just as the sun sets on the magnificent historical city of Sao Paulo the inventors, innovators and purveyors of “joga bonitowill” open their campaign. The opponent, Croatia and all its football might and will. As opposites do attract we are set for a corker of an opener. http:///...g-flutie-jersey.html . Brandon Morrow allowed five runs on six hits over three innings. He struck out two, walked one and hit a batter. Edwin Encarnacion had a two-out, bases loaded two-RBI double in the third inning. ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Fans will have to wait at least a day to see the Kansas City Chiefs new presumptive backup quarterback.Rain forced the team into the indoor facility on the campus of Missouri Western State University for practice Friday, which took place hours after Nick Foles signed a one-year contract with an option for a second year. The move reunites him with coach Andy Reid, who drafted him out of Arizona in 2012 while with the Philadelphia Eagles.Foles adds experience behind starter Alex Smith and brings a familiarity with Reids system. After the Los Angeles Rams granted his release, Foles said, he contacted Reid and indicated he was the only coach he wanted to play for this season.Reid said after practice that the team remains Smiths, and Foles said he didnt receive any guarantee of being the No. 2 behind the 12-year veteran.I dont need any guarantees, Foles said. He knows that Im coming here to work and just be a part of the team. Im not coming here to try and do anything except be a great teammate to these guys, help Alex in any way and obviously, you always have to be ready to play because were here to play.Foles eschewed other potential offers that could have given him a better chance to compete for a starting job right away.After a sub-par season in 2015 with the Rams, Foles sees Kansas City as a place where he can re-evaluate where he is in his career. The Eagles were 15-9 in his 24 starts spread across three years, while the Rams were 4-7 last season after he went to St. Louis in a quarterback swap that offered him and former No. 1 pick Sam Bradford a change of scenery.Foles ended up seeking another change of scenery after just one year with the Rams, who chose quarterback Jared Goff with the first pick in the NFL draft. Some were not surprised he landed with the Chiefs and Reid.You know why it didnt? I think it goes to show the type of respect that people who play for coach Reid have for him and the kind of faith they have in him, said Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who caught 78 passes and 10 touchdowns from Foles with the Eagles in 2012 and 2014. Any time `Big Red wants you to be a part of what he has going on, thats an honor, so it didnt really surprise me this would be the spot he picked.Foles started six games in 2012 with the Eagles with limited results in what turned out to be Reids final season in Philadelphia.In 2013, Foles flourished after taking over the starting job from Michael Vick and threw 27 touchdowns and two interceptions in 10 starts under Chip Kelly and his innovative pass offense, which included an NFL record-tying seven-touchdown performance against the Raiders. Ramon Humber Jersey. That season ended with a trip to the Pro Bowl and seemingly cemented Foles as a star.Instead, the Eagles went 6-2 in his eight starts in 2014 despite limited success (13 touchdowns, 10 interceptions) before a season-ending injury ultimately spelled the end of Foles tenure with Philadelphia. He started 11 games last year with the Rams -- his worst season as a pro.I think he got out of me more than I ever thought possible, Foles said of Reid. He pushed me -- every throw, everything I did -- to just be aggressive and really, really helped me to be the player the next year (in 2013) and just continued to grow. It hasnt always been smooth; it hasnt always been like those first two years.At practice, Foles split repetitions with Tyler Bray, who signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted rookie in 2013 and has worked as Smiths backup throughout the start of camp. Bray has never thrown a pass in a regular-season game, and neither have 2014 fifth-round draft pick Aaron Murray and 2016 fifth-round draft pick Kevin Hogan.Reid cited Foles experience as a reason to bring him into an already crowded situation behind Smith. The Chiefs cut defensive tackle Alameda Taamu to make room on the roster for the new quarterback.Nicks familiar, obviously, with the system, Reid said. Hes a good football player. He was good for me as a rookie and Chip that first year there. I think hes a good fit, and you cant have enough of those guys. Its a tough position, and you want to make sure that youre fully loaded there. I think were fully loaded.Foles hit tight end James OShaughnessy on his first pass during a drill at the indoor practice. He received limited opportunities to throw in his first workout with Kansas City and did not participate in the Chiefs first live-tackling segment of training camp.Reid said the Chiefs would continue to work on ways to split up repetitions and didnt have an answer for how long they would hold on to all five guys.Well see. Maybe Ill start my own hamburger stand, the veteran coach joked.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Jerseys 2018 Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Jerseys From China ' ' ' 

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