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Redbirds reach title game: What fans are saying

Illinois State fans around the country were part of history Saturday as the Redbirds rallied to reach their first national championship game in program history.

At dozens of watch parties—official and less official—Redbird fans were glued to ESPNU as their team took down No. 1 New Hampshire. The Redbirds now move on to the FCS national championship game January 10 against North Dakota State. Tickets and travel packages are now available at

Fans were sharing their Redbird pride on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all day Saturday, using the official hashtag #BacktheBirds. Here are some of our favorite photos and tweets from the historic day:

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