Illinois State keeps Western Illinois winless, 20-13

Nov 19, 2022, 12:16 AM | Updated: 2:18 pm

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State quarterback Tommy Rittenhouse ran for an 8-yard touchdown in overtime to help the Redbirds beat winless Western Illinois 20-13 on Saturday.

The Redbirds started overtime with the ball. Rittenhouse faked a handoff and raced to the right side with no defenders in front of him before diving into the end zone.

Illinois State DL Josh Dinga batted down a pass in overtime to force a fourth-down attempt from the 25-yard line and Dinga sealed it with a game-winning sack.

Rittenhouse was also 13-of-22 passing for 77 yards with an interception for Illinois State (6-5, 4-4 Missouri Valley Conference Football).

Erin Collins led Western Illinois (0-11, 0-8) with 33 carries for 163 yards and a touchdown. It was the program’s most yards rushing since Steve McShane had 155 against Northern Arizona in 2016.

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