Jerry Nunez delivered a 27-yard field goal as time expired to give Indiana State its fifth straight win, a 15-13 victory over Western Illinois in the final Missouri Valley Conference game of the season Saturday.
The Sycamores finished the regular season 7-4 and ranked No. 23 in the Football Championship Subdivision and now await an at-large postseason berth.
Nunez kicked three field goals for Indiana State, hitting from 26-yards out in the first quarter and from 18 midway through the third quarter.
Sam Crosa kicked a 35-yard field goal with 5:10 left in the third quarter to put Western Illinois up, 13-12.
Ryan Boyle drove the Sycamores 71 yards on the final drive to the Western Illinois 9 with :04 second left to set up Nunez’s game winner.
Boyle was 9 of 17 for 149 yards passing and scored from a yard out for Indiana State. Peterson Kerlegrand carried 21 times for 102 yards.
Sean McGuire was 16 of 27 for 202 yards passing for Western Illinois (5-6). Steve McShane carried 16 times for 129 yards and a touchdown.