Sunday, DIII Illinois College, led by head coach Garett Campbell, learned of the first ever playoff berth in the history of the football program.
The Blueboys finished the season 9-1, with their only loss coming against Midwest conference champion Monmouth. The one loss record was good enough to impress the playoff committee and reserved them an at large bid for the NCAA playoffs.
Illinois College and has put up an impressive 499 yards per game under Campbell, and have been led by a freshman quarterback in Michael Bates. The Blueboys offense rank in the top 15 offensively in scoring (15th), passing (15th) and total offense (5th).
Defensively the Blueboys rank 3rd in DIII in interceptions with an impressive 20 picks on the season (with 2 defensive backs combining for 11 interceptions), and also rank in the top 10 in turnover margin at +1.40. Impressive job by defensive coordinator Ray DeFrisco.
Illinois College will take the field against Wabash Saturday. Take a look at the video below showing their reaction once they found out they had made the playoff field.