Scores

Final

Illinois State 17

(2-3, 1-1 MVFC)

Northern Iowa 31

(4-2, 2-1 MVFC)

5:05 PM ET, October 11, 2008

UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls, IA

1 2 3 4 T
ILST 0 10 0 717
UNI 10 7 7 731

Top Performers

Passing: P. Grace (UNI) - 238 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: P. Grace (UNI) - 13 CAR, 99 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: V. Williams (UNI) - 5 REC, 93 YDS, 1 TD

N. Iowa 31, Illinois St. 17

Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Pat Grace ran for two scores and passed for two more to lead Northern Iowa to a 31-17 win over Illinois State Saturday in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

Grace rushed 13 times for 99 yards and scored on runs of 8 and 3 yards in the second half. He threw a 5-yard TD pass to Ryan Mahaffey and a 50-yarder to Victor Williams in the first half, leading the Panthers (4-2, 2-1) to a 17-10 halftime lead.

Grace was 13-for-28 for 238 yards. Williams had five catches for 93 yards.

The Panthers' five scoring dives, including a 33-yard Billy Hallgren field goal, covered 72, 75, 67, 82 and 84 yards.

Illinois State (2-3, 1-1) kept it close through the first half. The Cardinals got a 27-yard field goal by Steven Fetzer and a 1-yard run by quarterback Kevin Brockway with 4:48 left in the half. The score capped a 16-play, 86-yard drive.

But Illinois State didn't score again until Parrish Fisher went in from 8 yards out with 51 seconds left.

Fisher led the Cardinals in rushing with 75 yards on 17 carries.

Brockway was 24-for-41 for 202 yards and was picked off twice.

Northern Iowa had a 416-350 edge in total yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ILST
UNI
1st Downs2519
Total Yards350416
Passing202238
Rushing148178
Penalties9-7710-62
3rd Down Conversions5-175-9
4th Down Conversions5-71-1
Turnovers20
Possession33:3326:27

Passing Leaders

Illinois StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brockway24/412024.902
Northern IowaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Grace13/1823813.220

Rushing Leaders

Illinois StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fisher17754.4119
Blow12645.3017
Northern IowaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grace13997.6221
Law19844.4015

Receiving Leaders

Illinois StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Salem78512.1023
Harcar6406.7011
Northern IowaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams59318.6150
Collins27336.5062

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERILSTUNI
TD10:52Ryan Mahaffey 5 Yd Pass From Patrick Grace (Billy Hallgren Kick) 07
FG05:31Billy Hallgren 33 Yd 010
SECOND QUARTERILSTUNI
FG10:41Steven Fetzer 27 Yd 310
TD08:10Victor Williams 50 Yd Pass From Patrick Grace (Billy Hallgren Kick) 317
TD00:09Kevin Brockway 1 Yd Run (Steven Fetzer Kick) 1017
THIRD QUARTERILSTUNI
TD05:33Patrick Grace 8 Yd Run (Billy Hallgren Kick) 1024
FOURTH QUARTERILSTUNI
TD09:19Patrick Grace 3 Yd Run (Billy Hallgren Kick) 1031
TD00:51Parrish Fisher 8 Yd Run (Steven Fetzer Kick) 1731