Late in the fourth quarter the UNI offense put in a last drive effort with Terrell Sinkfield scoring a touchdown to cut the lead to 12-points, but the Panthers could not recover their on-side kick and eventually fell to the Bison.
On the first North Dakota State drive of the game, the Bison drove to the UNI 18-yard line, but the Panther defense put up a wall and forced NDSU to settle for a field goal, giving the Bison a 3-0 lead with 7:29 left in the first quarter. Jake Farley notched four tackles during the NDSU drive, including an important third-down stop.
Wes Smith opened up the second drive of the game for the Panthers with a long kick-off return for 27 yards, putting the Panthers on the UNI 28-yard-line. Sawyer Kollmorgen got rolling quickly on the drive connecting with Brett LeMaster and Sinkfield for two quick first-downs. David Johnson added another first-down on the next play, dragging the NDSU defense to the NDSU 34-yard-line.
The Panthers ended the drive with a 45-yard field goal attempt, but UNI was unable to connect through the uprights and the score stayed in favor of the Bison 3-0 with 4:30 left in the first quarter.
To start the second quarter, the Panther defense made another big stop in the end zone on a second-and-eight when Varmah Sonie and Garrett Scott stopped the Bison receiver by pushing him out of bounds before he could touch the ground. The Bison were forced to attempt another field goal, but Xavier Williams came up huge for UNI with a big-time block. Williams also blocked an extra point attempt against Wisconsin.
Johnson opened up the next drive with a 20-yard run to put UNI on the Panther 40-yard-line. Kollmorgen and Lemaster linked up again following the long run with a 17-yard pass and catch for another UNI first down. The drive continued with Kollmorgen sending Sam Rohr on an 18-yard reception to put the Panthers on the NDSU 22-yard-line.
After two NDSU penalties and several hard-fought runs from Johnson, the Panthers put a touchdown on the score board with Johnson's one-yard rush into the end zone for his eighth touchdown of the season, giving UNI a 7-3 edge with 8:09 left in the half. UNI ate up 6:36 minutes off the clock on 12 plays for 80 yards.
The UNI defense continued its strong showing with 5:15 left in the second quarter with a sturdy sack from Collin Albrecht forcing the Bison to a third-and-thirteen and a three-and-out.
After a miscue on the Panther special teams, NDSU regained the ball on the UNI nine-yard-line. The Bison took the lead with 3:37 left in the half giving them a 10-7 edge over the Panthers.
The Bison regained possession again after a UNI turnover, giving the Bison the ball on the UNI 34-yard-line. Sonie had another stop on defense breaking up an intended pass in the red-zone forcing NDSU to a third-and-two situation and eventually another field goal. The field goal gave the Bison a 13-7 lead with 44 seconds left in the second quarter.
Kollmorgen finished the half 8-12 passing for 89 yards, with Rohr leading the way in the air with 35 yards. Johnson finished with 45 yards on the ground with one touchdown. Farley led the way on defense in the first half with six solo tackles and eight total tackles.
NDSU opened the half with another touchdown giving them a 20-7 advantage with 11:51 left in the third quarter. The Bison knocked 3:09 off the clock for six plays and 80 yards.
With 9:46 left in the third quarter, Kollmorgen found Chad Owens for an important six-yard reception giving the Panthers a first down. Johnson followed up with a big gain of 13 yards to put UNI on the NDSU 49-yard-line.
Kollmorgen found Sinkfield for a 19-yard gain, driving the Panthers closer to the red-zone. On the next play, Wes Smith found the end zone off a 27 yard reception giving him his first touchdown of the season and cutting the Bison lead to 20-14 with 7:44 left in the third quarter.
Chad Gilson stepped up for the UNI special teams with a huge tackle off the kick-off, pinning the Bison on their own 11-yard-line to start their next drive. After a long drive from the Bison, J.J. Swain broke up an integral pass to force the Bison to another field goal, giving them a 23-14 lead with to end the third quarter.
NDSU added to their lead with 12:38 left in the fourth quarter off a 19-yard touchdown reception giving the Bison a 30-14 lead. NDSU took 3:03 minutes off the clock for eight plays and 44 yards.
Carlos Anderson opened the fourth quarter for the Panthers with a 33-yard kick-off return to put UNI on their own 34-yard-line. Johnson worked hard for an 11-yard gain putting the Panthers in NDSU territory with 10:32 left in the game.
Kollmorgen notched some rushing yards off a scramble that gave the Panthers another first down and landed them on the NDSU 36-yard-line. Unfortunately, UNI was unable to convert on a fourth-and-10 and turned the ball over on the NDSU 45-yard-line with 8:48 left in the fourth quarter.
The Bison notched another field goal with 1:40 left in the game, increasing their lead to 33-14. The drive was 7:09 minutes long for 11 plays and 44 yards.
UNI put in a last offensive effort with Anderson getting another great kick-off return for 41 yards. Johnson added a 14-yard run to put the Panthers on the NDSU 41-yard-line and Kollmorgen hooked up with Owens again for a 19-yard pass to put UNI in the red-zone. Sinkfield scored a touchdown off a 20-yard pass from Kollmorgen cutting the lead to 33-21 with 24 seconds left in the game.
The Panthers will have an open weekend Oct. 6, but will return to action when they travel to take on Southern Illinois on Oct. 13. The game is set to kick-off at 2:00 p.m.
UNI Post-game Notes vs. NDSU
Wes Smith scored his first career receiving touchdown as a Panther against NDSU, cutting the lead to 20-14 in the third quarter.
UNI is 1-4 for the first time since the 2004 season. The last time UNI started 1-4, the Panthers finished the 2004 season with six straight wins and posted a 7-4 overall record.
Sawyer Kollmorgen has thrown for over 200 yards in every game this season.
David Johnson rushed for a season high 85 yards against NDSU. His previous season high was his 84 yard game against Youngstown State.