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Northern Iowa stuns No. 3 SDSU 24-9; Youngstown beats South Dakota


The Associated Press - October 21, 2018

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Xavior Williams returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown with 23 seconds left in the game to put the finishing touches on Northern Iowa's 24-9 upset win over South Dakota State in Missouri Valley Football Conference play on Saturday.

Eli Dunne passed for 172 yards and a TD and Marcus Weymiller rushed for 108 yards on 20 carries for the Panthers (4-3, 3-1 MVFC), who shut down the Jackrabbits (4-2, 2-2) and the MVFC's top-ranked offense. South Dakota State, ranked third in the FCS coaches' poll, and averaging 530 yards and 48 points per game on offense, managed just 51 yards rushing and 376 total yards.

Chase Vinatieri gave the Jackrabbits a 3-0 first-quarter lead on a 37-yard field goal, but Dunne's 27-yard scoring strike to Jalen Rima in the second quarter put UNI up 7-3 at halftime.

Trevor Allen's 1-yard TD plunge pushed the Panthers' lead to 14-3 after three quarters.

Vinatieri connected on 47- and 57-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to pull SDSU within 14-9. Austin Errthum's 32-yard field goal pushed the Panthers' lead back to eight and Williams' pick-6 sealed the victory.

Taryn Christion threw for 325 yards and two interceptions for the Jacks. Cade Johnson finished with seven catches for 121 yards.

Elsewhere,

Montgomery VanGorder threw for one touchdown and ran for another, Tevin McCaster rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown and Youngstown State defeated South Dakota 29-17 on Saturday night.

The Penguins (3-4, 2-2 Missouri Valley Conference) cashed in on an opening-possession fumble by the Coyotes (3-4, 2-2) and raced to a 19-0 lead in the first quarter.

Johnson Louigene recovered a fumble at the South Dakota 36 and six plays later McCaster ran 7 yards for a score. After a Coyotes punt, the Penguins went 78 yards with VanGorder connecting with McCaster for a 12-yard score. VanGorder also scored on a 2-yard run after a short punt.

It was 22-0 at the half and after South Dakota got 10 points in the third quarter, DJ Smalls settled things by taking an interception 65 yards for a score.

McCaster, who had a season-high 36 carries, became the 14th player in school history to surpass 2,500 yards rushing.

Youngstown State ended up with 426 total yards, 295 on the ground. South Dakota State had 243 yards, just 85 on the ground.

 



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