Illinois State Defense powers 35-7 win over Eastern Illinois

Eastern came in with a narrow loss to FBS Northern Illinois (34-27) and a 38-20 loss to Tennessee Chattanooga (Illinois next opponent)

And at first..the Redbirds forced a punt and then scored on their first possession possession off of a long drive. But Eastern answered with a drive of their own, getting receivers wide open over the middle. So, it was 7-7 in the first and I settled in for a shootout.

The Redbirds countered with another drive to lead 14-7..then the tide really started to turn.

A 41 yard interception return just before the half (Eastern tried for one last drive) made it 21-7 at the half.

It was to get worse.

Second half: the Redbirds had a fourth and short inside the Eastern 40 but decided to pooch punt it, and downed the ball at the 1! That paid off as a screen pass was intercepted at the 2 and run in for the score, and now it was 28-7.

The Redbird defense took over after than, getting a fumble recovery at the 4 yard line (after a bad shotgun snap..Eastern had trouble with this for much of the second half)

That made it 35-7, and then the Redbirds focused on running and grinding out the clock.

The Redbirds sacked the quarterback 4 times and had 11 tackles for losses. In fact, until the final Eastern drive, they had negative yards rushing.

ISU ball, Sunday, etc.

This morning: a bit worried as B was out on her feet; I think the med stuff (hand, eye) plus the flu plus COVID vaccine got her down.

She appears to be resting ok.

This morning: PT, deadlifts, then a slow-ish 5K walk (that would not have been slow this summer)

Weight: 198 (home scale)

The deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 228 low (can’t seem to get my hips down)

10 x 250 4 inch

10 x 280 8 inch.

The last two sets were easy.

The walk: legs were like walks and my Garmin was shorting me..I know I am getting better because, rather than focusing on my back, I was internally snarking the golfers riding around on carts. Lame. (yes, I know, a few should be using them…but I appear to be healing.

Yes, my first mile was my slowest…dead legs from the trap bar deadlifts.