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A look at some of our favorite sights, sounds, and stories from Illinois State University’s historic run to the FCS national championship game January 10, 2015, in Frisco, Texas.


Redbird helmets to honor opponent’s late father

Chicago Tribune: Coach Spack knows only one way to win—the hard (work) way

USA Today: Giant killer Illinois State faces giant NDSU

CSNChicago: Tre Roberson shows he can be a game-breaker for Illinois State

The Score 670: Coach Spack’s interview with Laurence Holmes

Pantagraph: Redbirds excited to finally be in Frisco


Know your enemy: Inside look at North Dakota State

WJBC: Congressman Davis makes friendly wager with N.D. colleague

Alum helps spread the red on Chicago billboards

Pantagraph: 1999 team loving current Redbirds’ title run

Big Red Marching Machine drums up pride in Frisco

ISU alum from North Dakota caught in family feud

3 kids, 1 ISU: Redbird player’s family follows him to Frisco

Game day: Your best photos, tweets, and posts on social media

Hometown fans from the Dallas Alumni Network

Vidette: Postcards from Frisco


Recap: Redbirds fall to NDSU in FCS championship game, 29-27

Chicago Tribune: North Dakota State tops Illinois State in final minute

Chicago Sun-Times and Associated Press: Illinois State comes close but can’t stop NDSU

Pantagraph: Redbirds feel sting of what almost was


Player send-off outside Hancock Stadium

Redbird Reception in Texas

Pep rally and team arrival in Frisco

Game action photos

Team arrival at CIRA


Fans brave the cold to send off players outside Hancock

NCAA All-Access takes you inside ISU’s locker room

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