Scores

Final

South Dakota St 20

(2-2, 2-1 MVFC)

Northern Iowa 34

(2-1, 1-0 MVFC)

5:05 PM ET, September 20, 2008

UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls, IA

1 2 3 4 T
SDSU 3 0 10 720
UNI 7 7 7 1334

Top Performers

Passing: R. Berry (SDSU) - 375 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: P. Grace (UNI) - 12 CAR, 84 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: G. Fox (SDSU) - 6 REC, 102 YDS, 1 TD

N. Iowa 34, S. Dakota State 20

Associated Press

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Pat Grace threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores to lead Northern Iowa to a 34-20 win over South Dakota State in a Missouri Valley Football Conference game on Saturday.

Grace was 12 for 20 for 200 yards in the conference opener for the balanced Panthers (2-1, 1-0), who finished with 233 yards rushing. Grace threw for one score and ran for one as UNI took a 14-3 lead into the half.

SDSU (2-2, 2-1) jumped out to an early lead on a 42-yard field goal by Peter Reifenrath with 10:32 left in the first quarter. Reifenrath later kicked a 21-yard field goal.

The Panthers went ahead to stay on Grace's first TD pass, an 18-yarder to Johnny Gray with 2:35 left in the first quarter. Gray, who caught six passes for 77 yards, added a 19-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers extended their lead to 14-3 on Grace's 3-yard run with just 14 seconds left in the first half.

UNI responded to Reifenrath's 21-yard field goal to open the second half with a 33-yard pass from Grace to Ryan Mahaffey to go up 21-6. Grace ran for 84 yards and added a 4-yard TD run to make it 34-13 with 7:05 to play.

The Jackrabbits were held to just 15 yards on the ground. Quarterback Ryan Berry provided most of the offense, completing 32 of 53 passes for 375 yards and a touchdown, that an 8-yarder to Glen Fox.

Kyle Minett had SDSU's other touchdown on a 5-yard run late in the game.

JaRon Harris had eight catches for 120 yards and Fox caught six passes for 102 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SDSU
UNI
1st Downs2018
Total Yards390433
Passing375200
Rushing15233
Penalties5-2510-97
3rd Down Conversions6-174-11
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers21
Possession33:0326:57

Passing Leaders

South Dakota StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Berry32/533757.111
Northern IowaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Grace12/2020010.021

Rushing Leaders

South Dakota StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Minett14362.6111
Duffy351.706
Northern IowaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis18955.3035
Grace12847.0235

Receiving Leaders

South Dakota StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harris912013.3031
Fox610217.0151
Northern IowaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gray67712.8130
Lewis34013.3032

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSDSUUNI
FG10:32Peter Reifenrath 42 Yd 30
TD02:35Johnny Gray 18 Yd Pass From Patrick Grace (Billy Hallgren Kick) 37
SECOND QUARTERSDSUUNI
TD00:14Patrick Grace 3 Yd Run (Billy Hallgren Kick) 314
THIRD QUARTERSDSUUNI
FG09:46Peter Reifenrath 21 Yd 614
TD06:58Ryan Mahaffey 33 Yd Pass From Patrick Grace (Billy Hallgren Kick) 621
TD02:54Glen Fox 8 Yd Pass From Ryan Berry (Peter Reifenrath Kick) 1321
FOURTH QUARTERSDSUUNI
TD14:53Johnny Gray 19 Yd Run (Billy Hallgren Kick) 1328
TD07:05Patrick Grace 4 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 1334
TD05:00Kyle Minett 2 Yd Run (Peter Reifenrath Kick) 2034