The Illinois State football team clinched a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference title with a 44-29 win over Southern Illinois November 22. The Redbirds (10-1) share the title with the three-time-defending FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) champs North Dakota State (10-1). The title is the first for Illinois State since the 1999 season.

Announced on the FCS Selection Show Sunday, the Redbirds earned the No. 5 seed in the playoffs. Illinois State will get a first-round bye and will host the second round of the playoffs inside Hancock Stadium on December 6. The last time ISU hosted a playoff game was also the 1999 season. The 10 wins this season for the Redbirds is a school record.

Tickets for the contest are on sale at Fans can also call the Illinois State Athletics Ticket Office or stop by the Redbird Arena Ticket Office for tickets. Tickets are $20 for adults (reserved and general admission), $10 for children ages 3 to 12 (ages 2 and under get in free), and $5 for Illinois State University students.