South Dakota StateJackrabbitsSDSU
2-2, 2-1 Conf
Northern IowaPanthersUNI
2-1, 1-0 Conf

N. Iowa 34, S. Dakota State 20

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Pat Grace threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores to lead Northern Iowa to a 34-20 win over South Dakota State in a Missouri Valley Football Conference game on Saturday.

Grace was 12 for 20 for 200 yards in the conference opener for the balanced Panthers (2-1, 1-0), who finished with 233 yards rushing. Grace threw for one score and ran for one as UNI took a 14-3 lead into the half.

SDSU (2-2, 2-1) jumped out to an early lead on a 42-yard field goal by Peter Reifenrath with 10:32 left in the first quarter. Reifenrath later kicked a 21-yard field goal.

The Panthers went ahead to stay on Grace's first TD pass, an 18-yarder to Johnny Gray with 2:35 left in the first quarter. Gray, who caught six passes for 77 yards, added a 19-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers extended their lead to 14-3 on Grace's 3-yard run with just 14 seconds left in the first half.

UNI responded to Reifenrath's 21-yard field goal to open the second half with a 33-yard pass from Grace to Ryan Mahaffey to go up 21-6. Grace ran for 84 yards and added a 4-yard TD run to make it 34-13 with 7:05 to play.

The Jackrabbits were held to just 15 yards on the ground. Quarterback Ryan Berry provided most of the offense, completing 32 of 53 passes for 375 yards and a touchdown, that an 8-yarder to Glen Fox.

Kyle Minett had SDSU's other touchdown on a 5-yard run late in the game.

JaRon Harris had eight catches for 120 yards and Fox caught six passes for 102 yards.



2015 Missouri Valley Football Conference Standings

North Dakota State7-113-2
Illinois State7-110-2
Northern Iowa5-39-4
South Dakota State5-38-4
Western Illinois5-37-6
Indiana State3-55-6
South Dakota3-55-6
Youngstown State3-55-6
Southern Illinois2-63-8
Missouri State0-81-10