Illinois State runs past Western Illinois 31-7

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Matt Brown ran for a 50-yard touchdown and added a touchdown pass Saturday to lead Illinois State to a 31-7 victory over Western Illinois.

The Redbirds (7-3, 5-2 Missouri Valley) rolled up 273 rushing yards, averaging just under 6 yards for 46 carries. Cliffton Gordon gained 78 yards and scored on a 2-yard run, and Darrelynn Dunn ran for a 20-yard score for Illinois State, which has won five in a row. Brown’s touchdown pass was a 30-yarder to Donovan Harden.

Nikko Watson scored Western Illinois’ only touchdown on a 1-yard run. He led the Leathernecks (2-7, 1-5) with 60 rushing yards.