- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - La’Darius Newbold’s 92-yard interception return in the closing minutes sealed the deal as Illinois State beat South Dakota State 38-21 on Saturday.

The Redbirds (4-5, 2-4 Missouri Valley Conference) rolled up 513 yards offense against the seventh-ranked Jackrabbits (5-3, 4-1), who had been giving up just 20 points per game in four conference games. The Redbirds led 28-14 by halftime.

“We didn’t play our best football to start out with,” SDSU coach John Stiegelmeier said. “I am proud of our team to keep battling. The bottom line is we didn’t make some plays we needed to make and it cost us a football game.”

Illinois State went 75 yards in four plays to take a 7-0 lead on its first possession. Jake Kolbe capped the drive with an 18-yard TD run.

While the Redbirds’ defense frustrated the potent SDSU offense, their offense added another score on Anthony Warrum’s 5-yard scoring pass from Kolbe with 5:14 left in the first quarter.

Kolbe completed 15 of 25 passes for 138 yards and two TDs to Warrum, who caught five passes for 46 yards and a 21-yard TD in the second quarter.

It took a while but the Jacks finally got on the board when Taryn Christion threw a 6-yard TD pass to Jake Wieneke with 8:28 to play in the half.

But the Redbirds came right back with a 10-play, 80-yard drive to extend the lead back to two touchdowns. Jamal Towns’ 14-yard run made it 21-7. Two penalties by the Jacks kept the drive alive.

Towns ran for 136 yards on 17 carries, helping the Redbirds to 209 yards on the ground.

Kolbe and Warrum hooked up again with 35 seconds left in the half as Illinois State went up 28-14.

Wieneke, who had 10 catches for 173 yards, caught his second TD pass of the day with 11:39 left in the third quarter. The 30-yard pass pulled SDSU within 28-21.

Sean Slattery kicked a 29-yard field goal to give the Redbirds a 31-21 lead and with 4:34 to play, Christion overthrew Dallas Goedert and Newbold took the interception 92 yards for a touchdown.

Christion was 33-for-63 for 430 yards, while Goedert hauled in 11 catches for 118 yards.

SDSU went into ISU territory seven other times and three times into the red zone without scoring.

“It’s more than just no points,” Stiegelmeier said. “There’s something that settles in young men’s heads. ‘Can we get it done?’ That’s not the way you want to take the field. But those things happen.”

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