(From the USD sports desk)
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa–South Dakota, a team that had turned the ball over four times all season, committed four turnovers – three in the fourth quarter – to hand UNI a 34-29 win Saturday inside the UNI-Dome.
Leading 23-20 with less than nine minutes to go, the Coyotes threw an interception in the end zone on a play inside the 5-yard line. USD forced a punt, but fumbled with three minutes left to setup the Panthers on the 11. UNI running back Marcus Weymiller ran in from there to give the Panthers a 27-23 lead, and Keelon Brookins’ pick-six with 2:23 left sealed the come-from-behind victory.
South Dakota quarterback Chris Streveler passed for 401 yards and two touchdowns, including a 1-yard jump ball to Dakarai Allen with 11 seconds left for the final score of the game. Tight end Josh Hale caught six passes for 151 yards and completed the first drive of the game with a 16-yard touchdown catch. South Dakota (7-2, 4-2 MVFC) outgained UNI 490-283, but settling for three field goals inside the red zone and the four turnovers were the difference.
The Panthers (5-4, 4-2) mustered just 55 yards on the ground on 35 attempts. Four sacks by the Coyote defense aided those efforts. UNI quarterback Eli Dunne completed 14 of 24 passes for 228 yards.
UNI’s win, coupled with South Dakota State’s win against North Dakota State Saturday, creates a four-way tie for second place in the Valley standings at 4-2 with two weeks to go. The Coyotes take on first-place NDSU next Saturday in Fargo, North Dakota.