The Day After

By now, you’ve heard the score.

Northern Iowa 66, USD 7

Fourth-ranked UNI had no trouble with the University of South Dakota in Saturday’s FCS football showdown in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Panthers simply shredded the USD defense like no other team has done in recent memory.

Here’s a look at some key stats from the game:

  • USD scored on its first play from scrimmage in the opening quarter. Quarterback Noah Shepard found Ben Oberle for a 70-yard flea flicker touchdown. That made the score 7-7.
  • Northern Iowa rolled up 712 yards of total offense
  • USD committed five turnovers (3 fumbles and 2 interceptions)
  • The Coyotes were 5-of-15 on third down, while UNI was 6-of-9

But the story of the game was Northern Iowa quarterback Pat Grace. The senior from Sioux City, Iowa, accounted for seven touchdowns (4 passing and 3 rushing), and threw for 445 yards. His favorite receiver was D.P. Eyman, who caught nine passes for 197 yards.

USD drops to 1-1 on the season and will host Drake University next Saturday at 4:05 p.m. in the DakotaDome

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