Kirk’s pick-6 propels W Illinois past Illinois St 33-16
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Luther Kirk returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and Illinois State pulled away for a 33-16 victory over Western Illinois in Missouri Valley Football Conference play on Saturday.
Sean McGuire had two TD passes in the first half for the Leathernecks (2-3, 1-1) — a 16-yarder to Tony Tate and a 35-yarder to Steve McShane with 60 seconds left in the second quarter for a 13-12 halftime lead. Western Illinois upped its advantage to four points on Sam Crosa’s 21-yard third-quarter field goal.
But the fourth quarter was all Illinois State. Robinson scored on an 11-yard run to cap a six-play 52-yard drive that gave the Redbirds a 19-16 lead. Kirk’s pick-6 stretched the lead to 10 points and Robinson added a 2-yard TD run to cap the scoring. Kirk’s interception was the ninth already for Illinois State, matching its total of last season.
McGuire, coming off back-to-back 300-yard passing games, completed just 14 of 35 for 220 yards.
Robinson finished with 145 yards rushing and three TDs on 29 carries.