Scores

Final

South Dakota 13

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Northern Iowa 24

(1-1, 1-0 home)

5:05 PM ET, September 6, 2008

UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls, IA

1 2 3 4 T
SDAK 0 7 6 013
UNI 7 14 0 324

Top Performers

Passing: N. Shepard (SDAK) - 290 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Lewis (UNI) - 21 CAR, 154 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Skelly (SDAK) - 8 REC, 144 YDS

N. Iowa 24, South Dakota 13

Associated Press

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) -- Pat Grace threw two touchdown passes and Northern Iowa turned away three late drives by South Dakota to beat the Coyotes 24-13 on Saturday.

Grace completed 10 of 14 passes for 130 yards for the Panthers (1-1). He tossed a 16-yard TD pass to Schuylar Oordt and a 32-yarder to Johnny Gray.

Corey Lewis rushed for 154 yards on 21 carries and scored UNI's other touchdown on a 12-yard run in the first quarter.

UNI kicker Billy Hallgren closed out the scoring with a 28-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers took a 14-0 lead before the Coyotes (1-1) responded on a touchdown by quarterback Noah Shepard with 3:21 left in the first half. Shepard led the Coyotes in rushing with 90 yards on 19 carries and he completed 22 of 33 pass attempts for 290 yards.

UNI stretched its lead to 21-7 when Grace hooked up with Gray from with 1:17 left in the half.

Shepard led South Dakota on a third-quarter scoring drive that ended on a 2-yard run. But the Coyotes botched the PAT, leaving them eight points down heading into the fourth quarter.

Hallgren's field goal followed a South Dakota drive that ended inside the Panthers' 13 on downs.

Dan Skelly caught eight passes for 144 yards for the Coyotes, who outgained UNI 415-324 in total yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SDAK
UNI
1st Downs00
Total Yards415324
Passing290130
Rushing125194
Penalties9-595-43
3rd Down Conversions5-144-10
4th Down Conversions2-30-0
Turnovers42
Possession37:2322:37

Passing Leaders

South DakotaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Shepard22/332908.801
Northern IowaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Grace10/141309.322

Rushing Leaders

South DakotaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Shepard19904.7211
Newton13221.7012
Northern IowaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis211547.3125
Law8506.3011

Receiving Leaders

South DakotaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Skelly814418.0033
Oberle5428.4028
Northern IowaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gray46817.0132
Williams3248.0011

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSDAKUNI
TD05:29Corey Lewis 12 Yd Run (Billy Hallgren Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERSDAKUNI
TD09:11Schuylar Oordt 16 Yd Pass From Patrick Grace (Billy Hallgren Kick) 014
TD03:21Noah Shepard 7 Yd Run (Justin Veazie Kick) 714
TD01:17Johnny Gray 32 Yd Pass From Patrick Grace (Billy Hallgren Kick) 721
THIRD QUARTERSDAKUNI
TD03:12Noah Shepard 2 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1321
FOURTH QUARTERSDAKUNI
FG06:29Billy Hallgren 28 Yd 1324