Scores

Final

Northern Iowa 34

(10-2, 4-2 away)

Southern Utah 24

(4-7, 2-3 home)

3:00 PM ET, November 22, 2008

Eccles Coliseum, Cedar City, UT

1 2 3 4 T
UNI 7 10 17 034
SUU 10 7 0 724

Top Performers

Passing: C. Stone (SUU) - 256 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Lewis (UNI) - 19 CAR, 97 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Poots (SUU) - 9 REC, 138 YDS, 2 TD

N. Iowa 34, S. Utah 24

Associated Press

CEDAR CITY, Utah -- Jamar Thompson returned a fumble 32 yards for the decisive touchdown, leading Northern Iowa to a 34-24 victory over Southern Utah on Saturday.

Thompson stood up Southern Utah's Kenny Apilli in the backfield, stripped the ball, and took it to the end zone to give the Panthers (10-2) a two-touchdown lead with 6:49 left in the third quarter.

Corey Lewis rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns for Northern Iowa, ranked fourth in last week's Football Championship Subdivision poll.

Southern Utah (4-7) was led by Cody Stone, who completed 20 of 33 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns. Tysson Poots -- who finished with nine catches for 138 yards -- caught both scoring passes.

Sean McMoore intercepted a tipped pass and returned it 35 yards to the SUU 3-yard line on the fourth play of the game, setting up Lewis' two-yard touchdown run.

Southern Utah took a 10-7 lead late in the first quarter when backup quarterback Kyle Bowen threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Joel Johnson.

Northern Iowa regained the lead on Pat Grace's 3-yard touchdown pass to Lewis with 12 minutes to go in the first half. Hallgren added a 35-yard field goal with 4:37 left, making it 17-10.

Southern Utah tied it 19 seconds before halftime when Stone hit Poots for a 15-yard score.

Five minutes into the third quarter, Derrick Law gave the Panthers a 24-17 lead on a 17-yard touchdown.

After Thompson's touchdown, Billy Hallgren kicked a 36-yard field goal with 1:48 left in the third quarter to make it 34-17.

Stone's 16-yard touchdown pass to Poots with 4:10 left in the game was the Thunderbirds' only score of the second half.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNI
SUU
1st Downs1823
Total Yards296355
Passing88260
Rushing20895
Penalties6-604-34
3rd Down Conversions7-142-10
4th Down Conversions0-13-3
Turnovers02
Possession31:0428:25

Passing Leaders

Northern IowaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Grace10/17885.210
Southern UtahC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stone20/332567.821

Rushing Leaders

Northern IowaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis19975.1122
Law16644.0117
Southern UtahCARYDSAVGTDLG
Apilli21713.4016
Ward11616.0016

Receiving Leaders

Northern IowaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Collins34214.0021
Turner11515.0015
Southern UtahRECYDSAVGTDLG
Poots913815.3246
Miller56613.2035

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNISUU
TD12:29Corey Lewis 2 Yd Run (Billy Hallgren Kick) 70
FG08:42Steve Pulver 27 Yd 73
TD01:55Joel Johnson 4 Yd Pass From Kyle Bowen (Steve Pulver Kick) 710
SECOND QUARTERUNISUU
TD12:00Corey Lewis 3 Yd Pass From Patrick Grace (Billy Hallgren Kick) 1410
FG04:37Billy Hallgren 35 Yd 1710
TD00:19Tysson Poots 15 Yd Pass From Cody Stone (Steve Pulver Kick) 1717
THIRD QUARTERUNISUU
TD10:32Derrick Law 17 Yd Run (Billy Hallgren Kick) 2417
TD06:49Jamar Thompson 32 Yd Fumble Return (Billy Hallgren Kick) 3117
FG01:48Billy Hallgren 36 Yd 3417
FOURTH QUARTERUNISUU
TD04:10Tysson Poots 16 Yd Pass From Cody Stone (Steve Pulver Kick) 3424