DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- Brian Wingert's 22-yard field goal early in
the fourth quarter gave Northern Iowa a 24-21 victory over New
Hampshire in an NCAA I-AA quarterfinal game Saturday.
The Panthers (10-3) play the winner of the Cal Poly-Texas State
game later Saturday in next week's semifinals.
Wingert, who kicked a game-winning field goal with 51 seconds
left last week against Eastern Washington, hit his 22-yarder with
11:50 remaining. The kick was set up by a 21-yard pass from Eric
Sanders to Justin Surrency.
New Hampshire, ranked No. 1 in the I-AA poll, outgained the
Panthers 631 yards to 351 but lost three fumbles in the second half
New Hampshire (11-2) fell behind 21-0 after 23 minutes, but
pulled even at the end of the third quarter as Ricky Santos threw
touchdowns passes of 29, 8 and 20 to David Ball.
Northern Iowa scored first on a 40-yard run by David Horne, who
finished with 144 yards on 28 carries. Sanders, who completed
15-of-25 passes for 185 yards, then threw a 32-yeard scoring pass
to Horne and Terry Freeney added a 1-yard plunge with 7:03 left in
Santos finished 27-for-42 for 345 yards and ran for 106 yards on
21 carries. Ball caught 10 passes for 188 yards.