Northern Iowa stuns No. 3 SDSU 24-9
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Xavior Williams returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown with 23 seconds left in the game to put the finishing touches on Northern Iowa’s 24-9 upset win over South Dakota State in Missouri Valley Football Conference play on Saturday.
Eli Dunne passed for 172 yards and a TD and Marcus Weymiller rushed for 108 yards on 20 carries for the Panthers (4-3, 3-1 MVFC), who shut down the Jackrabbits (4-2, 2-2) and the MVFC’s top-ranked offense. South Dakota State, ranked third in the FCS coaches’ poll, and averaging 530 yards and 48 points per game on offense, managed just 51 yards rushing and 376 total yards.
Trevor Allen’s 1-yard TD plunge pushed the Panthers’ lead to 14-3 after three quarters.
Vinatieri connected on 47- and 57-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to pull SDSU within 14-9. Austin Errthum’s 32-yard field goal pushed the Panthers’ lead back to eight and Williams’ pick-6 sealed the victory.