BROOKINGS, S.D. (GoJacks.com) — Northern Iowa scored the final 13 points of the game, including the game-winning 18-yard field goal by Matthew Cook with 2 minutes, 10 seconds remaining, as the Panthers knocked off seventh-seeded South Dakota State, 13-10, in second-round action of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs Saturday afternoon at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.
UNI held a 238-220 advantage in total offense, with Trevor Allen gaining a game-high 90 yards on 24 carries. Will McElvain completed 11-of-20 passes for 124 yards. Aaron Graham led Panther receivers with 45 yards on three catches.
For SDSU, Keaton Heide completed 14-of-27 passes for 167 yards. Cade Johnson caught five passes for 35 yards, with Adam Anderson tallying four receptions for a season-high 84 yards in his final collegiate game. Mikey Daniel paced the ground game with 43 yards on nine carries.
Christian Rozeboom and Seven Wilson shared game-high honors in tackles with 10 apiece. Defensive end Ryan Eairth collected eight tackles, including a career-best two-and-a-half sacks.
Bryce Flater and Spencer Cuvelier each registered eight tackles to lead UNI.
UNI improved to 10-4 overall and will travel to second-seeded James Madison in quarterfinal action next weekend. SDSU ended its season with an 8-5 overall record, 5-1 in home playoff games and 8-9 overall in nine FCS playoff appearances.
(PHOTO: SDSU Sports Information)