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(L-R) Tre Roberson and Marshaun Coprich
Illinois State has a superb 1-2 offensive combination in quarterback
Tre Roberson, left, and running back Marshaun Coprich.
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Illinois State finally gets to play the No. 1 team in the country ... and it's not North Dakota State.

The Redbirds had been working to come out of the shadow of North Dakota State, the three-time defending FCS national champion, after they didn't face each other in the regular season while both earned a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference title.

New Hampshire replaced NDSU as the No. 1-ranked team late in the regular season and then earned the top seed for the 24-team national playoffs. With the field dwindled to four, Illinois State, the fifth seed, will take on the Wildcats in a semifinal Saturday, with the winner advancing to the FCS championship game on Jan. 10 in Frisco, Texas.  Full Story

Robertson wins 2014 Walter Payton Award
By Craig Haley, FCS Executive Director
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - If there was an award Villanova quarterback John Robertson was associated with during the regular season, it was CAA offensive player of the week. He claimed the honor an incredible six times.

Monday night, Robertson's legacy grew into FCS history as he won the 28th Walter Payton Award, which honors the outstanding player in the division. The redshirt junior received the Heisman of the FCS at The Sports Network FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation.

Robertson, a 6-foot-1, 221-pound redshirt junior, collected 66 of the 160 first-place votes and 467 points in balloting through a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries. Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. finished second and Idaho State quarterback Justin Arias was third among 25 finalists.  Full Story