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Northern Iowa 20, Illinois State 10

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Tyler Hoosman and Will McElvain ran for touchdowns and Matthew Cook added two field goals while the Panther defense put up a dominating performance to lead third-ranked UNI to a 20-10 win over No. 15 Illinois State Saturday at the UNI-Dome.
The Panthers allowed Illinois State just nine first downs, 185 yards of total offense and just three points on the offense in the win. Illinois State quarterback threw for just 69 yards and led Illinois State with 60 yards rushing on 14 carries while facing constant pressure. He was sacked three times, giving up a fumble on the last one that led directly to UNI’s final score.
Game Recap (UNI) | Game Recap (Illinois State) | Box Score
Stadium: UNI-Dome
Location: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Attendance: 1920

Duration: 03:23

ILS: Jefferson,Bryce (69 PASS); Jefferson,Bryce (60 RUSH); Taula,Tanner (28 REC);

UNI: McElvain,Will (148 PASS); Hoosman,Tyler (63 RUSH); Hampton,Quan (40 REC);

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South Dakota State 24, Northern Iowa 20

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Freshman quarterback Mark Gronowski threw for two touchdowns in his collegiate debut, including the game-winning 1-yard pass to Pierre Strong, Jr., with 19 seconds remaining as fifth-ranked South Dakota State recovered late for a 24-20 season-opening win Friday night at third-ranked Northern Iowa.

A native of Naperville, Illinois, Gronowski led the Jackrabbits on a 10-play, 75-yard game-winning drive that consumed more than five minutes. SDSU, which had not picked up first down in its five previous second-half drives, moved the chains three times before the decisive score, the last coming on a 43-yard pass from Gronowski to tight end Zach Heins down the left sideline to the UNI 3.

Full Recap (South Dakota State) | Full Recap (Northern Iowa) | Box Score

Stadium: UNI-Dome
Location: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Attendance: 2137
Duration: 04:45

SDSU: Mark Gronowski (194 PASS); Pierre Strong (91 RUSH); Zach Heins (90 REC);

UNI: McElvain,Will (165 PASS); Williams,Dom (28 RUSH); Hampton,Quan (65 REC);

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