Scores

Final

S Illinois 27

(5-1, 4-0 MVFC)

Northern Iowa 20

(5-2, 3-1 MVFC)

5:05 PM ET, October 17, 2009

UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls, IA

1 2 3 4 T
SIU 3 3 7 1427
UNI 0 10 0 1020

Top Performers

Passing: P. Grace (UNI) - 219 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Karim (SIU) - 24 CAR, 125 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Hord (UNI) - 3 REC, 52 YDS, 1 TD

S. Illinois 27, N. Iowa 20

Associated Press

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Deji Karim rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and Brandon Williams returned an interception for a TD as Southern Illinois held off Northern Iowa 27-20 Saturday.

Williams' 21-yard return came with 2:48 remaining in the game and put the Salukis (5-1, 4-0 Missouri Valley) ahead 27-13.

Pat Grace, who threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns, pulled the Panthers (5-2, 3-1) to within 27-20 with 1:50 left when he connected with D.J. Hord on a 3-yard pass, but Southern Illinois then ran out the clock.

The Salukis, who ended an 11-game losing streak in Cedar Falls, took their first second-half lead with 5:06 remaining on Karim's 1-yard run which broke a 13-13 tie. Steven Morse set up the touchdown, which came on a fourth-down play, when he recovered a fumbled punt at the Northern Iowa 7-yard line.

Derrick Law ran for 123 yards for Northern Iowa.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SIU
UNI
1st Downs1917
Total Yards345375
Passing174219
Rushing171156
Penalties9-845-42
3rd Down Conversions6-152-10
4th Down Conversions1-11-3
Turnovers13
Possession32:0427:56

Passing Leaders

Southern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dieker16/291746.011
Northern IowaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Grace13/282197.821

Rushing Leaders

Southern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Karim241255.2128
Dieker10444.4017
Northern IowaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Law201236.2032
Anderson6203.306

Receiving Leaders

Southern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Karim14848.0048
Allaria6447.3013
Northern IowaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Herring27638.0049
Oordt45714.3035

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSIUUNI
FG03:17Kyle Dougherty 45 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERSIUUNI
TD13:08Carlos Anderson 1 Yd Pass From Pat Grace (Billy Hallgren Kick) 37
FG06:52Kyle Dougherty 27 Yd 67
FG00:44Billy Hallgren 21 Yd 610
THIRD QUARTERSIUUNI
TD09:19Bryce Morris 17 Yd Pass From Chris Dieker (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 1310
FOURTH QUARTERSIUUNI
FG11:55Billy Hallgren 26 Yd 1313
TD05:06Deji Karim 1 Yd Run (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 2013
TD02:48Brandon Williams 21 Yd Interception Return (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 2713
TD01:50D.J. Hord 3 Yd Pass From Pat Grace (Billy Hallgren Kick) 2720