TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Corey Lewis scored three touchdowns and Northern Iowa clinched at least a tie for the Missouri Valley Conference championship with a 28-0 victory over Indiana State on Saturday.
It was the Sycamores' 25th straight loss over three seasons and the eighth time this year they failed to score a touchdown.
Heavy rain and wind forced both teams to rely mainly on their running games, and the Panthers (9-2, 7-1 Missouri Valley) totaled 238 yards rushing to just 106 yards by the Sycamores (0-11, 0-7), who managed only six first downs all game.
Northern scored its first touchdown on a 3-yard run by Derek Law with a half-minute left in the opening quarter following a short Indiana State punt into a a strong wind. Josh Collins returned the punt to the 27, and it took five plays for the Panthers to score.
Northern Iowa added two more touchdowns in the second quarter on a 3-yard run by Lewis and a 21-yard reception by Lewis from Zach Davis.
After a scoreless third quarter, a 52-yard pass from Pat Grace to Jarred Herring set up the third TD by Lewis, a 1-yard run, early in the final period.
Lewis finished with 78 yards on 19 carries, while Law had 89 yards on 17 runs.
Davis was 6-of-11 for 111 yards passing, while Indiana State's Ryan Roberts was 3-of-7 for 19 yards and one interception.