Scores

Final

Nicholls State 14

(0-2, 0-2 away)

Northern Iowa 34

(3-2, 3-0 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

7:34 PM ET, October 2, 2008

UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls, IA

1 2 3 4 T
NICH 7 0 7 014
UNI 14 0 10 1034

Top Performers

Passing: P. Grace (UNI) - 152 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: P. Grace (UNI) - 18 CAR, 92 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Herring (UNI) - 1 REC, 36 YDS, 1 TD

N. Iowa 34, Nicholls St. 14

Associated Press

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Pat Grace ran for two scores and threw a touchdown pass to lead Northern Iowa to a 34-14 victory over Nicholls State on Thursday night.

Grace ran for 92 yards and passed for 152 for the Panthers (3-2). He scored on two 2-yard runs and went 9-for-15 with a 36-yard TD pass to Jarred Herring.

Derrick Law ran for 51 yards and scored on a 12-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers, who finished with 378 yards of total offense, scored the last 20 points after Nicholls State tied it at 14 early in the third quarter. The Colonels (0-2) were playing for just the second time this season after having their first two games canceled due to hurricanes.

Nicholls State finished with 376 yards. Vincent Montgomery passed for just 106 yards, but that included a 36-yard touchdown throw to Antonio Robinson.

The Colonels scored first on a 9-yard run by Marlin Meeks in the first quarter.

Chris Bunch led the Colonels in rushing with 82 yards on nine carries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NICH
UNI
1st Downs1718
Total Yards376362
Passing106152
Rushing270210
Penalties11-894-30
3rd Down Conversions2-97-13
4th Down Conversions2-21-1
Turnovers31
Possession28:0032:00

Passing Leaders

Nicholls StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Montgomery4/810613.312
Northern IowaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Grace9/1515210.111

Rushing Leaders

Nicholls StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bunch9829.1050
Meeks9485.3112
Northern IowaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grace18925.1219
Law13513.9112

Receiving Leaders

Nicholls StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gordon24623.0042
Robinson13636.0136
Northern IowaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Collins34414.7019
Herring13636.0136

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNICHUNI
TD12:07Marlin Meeks 9 Yd Run (Ross Schexnayder Kick) 70
TD06:10Patrick Grace 2 Yd Run (Billy Hallgren Kick) 77
TD02:02Jarred Herring 36 Yd Pass From Patrick Grace (Billy Hallgren Kick) 714
THIRD QUARTERNICHUNI
TD08:14Antonio Robinson 36 Yd Pass From Vincent Montgomery (Ross Schexnayder Kick) 1414
TD04:44Patrick Grace 2 Yd Run (Billy Hallgren Kick) 1421
FG02:08Billy Hallgren 33 Yd 1424
FOURTH QUARTERNICHUNI
FG12:20Billy Hallgren 43 Yd 1427
TD06:34Derrick Law 12 Yd Run (Billy Hallgren Kick) 1434