Scores

Final/OT

Northern Iowa 40

(11-3, 5-2 MVC)

Texas State 37

(11-3, 5-1 Sun Belt)

8:00 PM ET, December 9, 2005

Bobcat Stadium, BOZEMAN, MT

1 2 3 4 OT T
UNI 14 9 6 8 340
TXST 0 17 13 7 037

Top Performers

Passing: E. Sanders (UNI) - 417 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: D. Horne (UNI) - 23 CAR, 73 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: P. Hunter (UNI) - 4 REC, 160 YDS, 2 TD

Northern Iowa advances to I-AA finals

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) -- Matt Tharp intercepted Barrick Nealy's third-down pass after Brian Wingert made a 25-yard field goal to give Northern Iowa a 40-37 overtime victory over Texas State in the Division I-AA semifinals on Friday night.

Northern Iowa (11-3) will face the winner of Saturday's game between Furman (11-2) and Appalachian State (10-3) next Friday night in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Northern Iowa tied it at 37 with 1:27 left on Terrance Freeney's 2-yard touchdown run and Eric Sanders' 2-point conversion pass to Justin Surrency. Sanders, who passed for 417 yards and four touchdowns, was 6-of-7 on the 72-yard tying drive.

Texas State had a chance to win in regulation, but the Bobcats (11-3) ran out the final 1:16 to set up the overtime, drawing boos from the crowd of 15,712.

Texas State took a 37-29 lead with 5:01 left on Daniel Jolly's 2-yard run. Dominic Giametta recovered Johnny Gray's fumble deep in Panthers' territory to set up the TD.

Sanders completed his first nine passes, including a 30-yarder to a diving Justin Surrency in the end zone, and another for 12 yards to Brian Cutright for a touchdown, and Northern Iowa led 14-0 with 3:30 left in the first quarter.

Texas State answered with an 11-play, 82-yard drive capped by Barrick Nealy's pass to a wide-open Markee White, but the Panthers came right back. Sanders' play-action fake froze the Bobcats' defense, and receiver Patrick Hunter was 20 yards behind the nearest defender on a 69-yard scoring play that helped the Panthers take a 23-17 lead at the break.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNI
TXST
1st Downs2125
Total Yards475454
Passing417252
Rushing58202
Penalties5-308-65
3rd Down Conversions5-136-12
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Turnovers11
Possession27:3132:29

Passing Leaders

Northern IowaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Sanders24/3141713.540-
Texas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Wasson1/13131.000-
Nealy16/252218.831-

Rushing Leaders

Northern IowaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Horne23733.2110
Breeland177.007
Texas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sherman20894.5014
Nealy13443.4022

Receiving Leaders

Northern IowaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Surrency812315.4130
Hunter416040.0269
Texas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
White45313.3117
Scott44912.3018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNITXST
TD9:49JUSTIN SURRENCY 30 YD PASS FROM ERIC SANDERS (BRIAN WINGERT KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 79 yards.
70
TD3:30BRIAN CUTRIGHT 12 YD PASS FROM ERIC SANDERS (BRIAN WINGERT KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 88 yards.
140
SECOND QUARTERUNITXST
TD12:43MARKEE WHITE 14 YD PASS FROM BARRICK NEALY (STAN JONES KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 82 yards.
147
TD12:26PATRICK HUNTER 69 YD PASS FROM ERIC SANDERS (MISSED KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 69 yards.
207
TD10:16ADRIAN THOMAS 42 YD PASS FROM BARRICK NEALY (STAN JONES KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yards.
2014
FG4:39STAN JONES 29 YD FG
Drive info: 10 plays, 46 yards.
2017
FG0:26BRIAN WINGERT 41 YD FG
Drive info: 11 plays, 55 yards.
2317
THIRD QUARTERUNITXST
TD11:03DANIEL JOLLY 1 YD RUN (STAN JONES KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yards.
2324
TD10:48PATRICK HUNTER 65 YD PASS FROM ERIC SANDERS (FAILED 2PT PASS)
Drive info: 1 plays, 65 yards.
2924
TD7:56JUSTIN WILLIAMS 14 YD PASS FROM BARRICK NEALY (FAILED 2PT PASS)
Drive info: 6 plays, 53 yards.
2930
FOURTH QUARTERUNITXST
TD5:01DANIEL JOLLY 2 YD RUN (STAN JONES KICK)
Drive info: 2 plays, 6 yards.
2937
TD1:27DAVID HORNE 2 YD RUN (JUSTIN SURRENCY 2PT PASS FROM ERIC SANDERS)
Drive info: 10 plays, 72 yards.
3737
OVERTIMEUNITXST
FG0:00BRIAN WINGERT 25 YD FG
Drive info: 6 plays, 17 yards.
4037