Finishing the 2017 campaign with an 0-11 record, the Sycamores, under first-year Head Coach Curt Mallory, would not let history repeat itself going into 2018, accumulating a record of 7-4, with five of those wins coming within the Missouri Valley Conference.  

Indiana State opened their 2018 season in Terre Haute with a 49-0 victory over the Quincy University Hawks, and followed that performance with a heartbreaking 31-7 defeat in an away bout with the Louisville Cardinals in week two.  

Through the halfway point in the season, ISU seemed destined for a repeat of their prior season’s woes as they sat with a 2-6 record. However, the Sycamores would go on to win their final five conference games of the season — their longest such streak since 2012 — and finish third in the Missouri Valley Conference.  

Mallory’s efforts in turning the football team around earned him the Missouri Valley Conference 2018 Coach of the Year award, on top of a two-year contract extension that keeps him as the team’s head signal-caller through 2023.