Scores

Final

North Dakota St 13

(3-4, 1-3 MVFC)

Northern Iowa 23

(5-2, 3-1 MVFC)

5:05 PM ET, October 18, 2008

UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls, IA

1 2 3 4 T
NDSU 3 3 0 713
UNI 10 13 0 023

Top Performers

Passing: P. Grace (UNI) - 149 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Lewis (UNI) - 13 CAR, 64 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Heckendorf (NDSU) - 5 REC, 55 YDS, 1 TD

N. Iowa 23, N. Dakota St. 13

Associated Press

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Northern Iowa scored on four of its first five possessions, then held on to beat North Dakota State 23-13 Saturday in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

Northern Iowa (5-2, 3-1), which has won three straight games, intercepted North Dakota State quarterback Ryan Mertens four times and recovered a fumble. The Panthers kept the Bison out of the end zone until midway though the fourth quarter when Mertens hit Kole Heckendorf on a 7-yard fade.

North Dakota State (3-4, 1-3) lost for the fourth time in five games.

Pat Grace threw for 149 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game in the second half with a leg injury. He completed 12 of 23 passes, including a 35-yard touchdown to D.P. Eyman early in the second quarter, helping the Panthers to a 23-6 lead at the half.

Corey Lewis scored UNI's first touchdown on a 25-yard run with 5:38 left in the first quarter. It came on the first play after Jarred Herring's 70-yard kickoff return. Lewis finished with 64 yards on 13 carries.

Billy Hallgren kicked three field goals in the first half, including a career-best 47-yarder. His final kick of the half, a 21-yarder with five seconds left, capped a six-play, 50-yard drive.

NDSU struggled offensively all game. The Bison came in averaging 178 yards rushing but were held to just 99 yards on the ground. Pat Paschall ran 16 times for 57 yards.

Heckendorf scored NDSU's only touchdown with 9:09 left to play. He finished with 55 yards on five catches.

Mertens was 14-for-33 for 128 yards.

Shawn Bibeau kicked two field goals for the Bison.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NDSU
UNI
1st Downs1213
Total Yards227258
Passing128156
Rushing99102
Penalties7-496-58
3rd Down Conversions3-145-17
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers51
Possession27:5332:07

Passing Leaders

North Dakota StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mertens14/331283.914
Northern IowaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Grace12/231496.510

Rushing Leaders

North Dakota StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Paschall16573.6011
Roehl9505.6040
Northern IowaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis13644.9125
Law18543.009

Receiving Leaders

North Dakota StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Heckendorf55511.0120
Paschall3248.0016
Northern IowaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gray47719.3032
Eyman13535.0135

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNDSUUNI
FG10:20Billy Hallgren 47 Yd 03
FG05:56Shawn Bibeau 24 Yd 33
TD05:38Corey Lewis 25 Yd Run (Billy Hallgren Kick) 310
SECOND QUARTERNDSUUNI
TD12:21D.P. Eyman 35 Yd Pass From Patrick Grace (Billy Hallgren Kick) 317
FG09:31Billy Hallgren 44 Yd 320
FG01:34Shawn Bibeau 34 Yd 620
FG00:05Billy Hallgren 21 Yd 623
FOURTH QUARTERNDSUUNI
TD09:09Kole Heckendorf 7 Yd Pass From Nick Mertens (Shawn Bibeau Kick) 1323