Sawyer Kollmorgen finished 20-of-25 passing for 265 yards and two touchdowns. David Johnson led the Panthers on the ground with his sixth straight 100-plus yard rushing game finishing with 116 yards. Johnson also rushed for two scores and passed for another. Brett LeMaster led the Panthers with 106 receiving yards and a touchdown.
The UNI defense forced Missouri State to a quick three-and-out and gained possession on the UNI 28-yard-line to start the game. After a penalty against the Panthers, David Johnson scored on UNI's first offensive play rushing for a 77-yard touchdown, giving the Panthers a 7-0 lead with 12:55 left in the first quarter.
Missouri State was forced to punt on its next drive after Jordan Gacke tackled running back Vernon Scott for a five-yard gain on third down. Kollmorgen drove the Panthers down field with a 15-yard pass to Brett LeMaster and a 20-yard pass to Chad Owens to set up Tyler Sievertsen for a 36-yard field goal. Sievertsen gave UNI the 10-0 lead, knocking 2:39 off the clock in seven plays.
Senior Wilmot Wellington kept the Bears from getting into UNI territory with a thunderous hit on MSU's Mikael Cooper-Falls for a four-yard loss. Wellington's TFL forced a Bears' punt. UNI took over on its own 11-yard-line.
After Carlos Anderson and Owens led the Panthers down the field to end the first quarter, the tandem of Kollmorgen and Johnson fooled the MSU defense on a half-back pass. Johnson threw the ball down field to LeMaster for a 36-yard touchdown reception with 14:53 left in the second quarter. The UNI touchdown gave the Panthers a 17-0 lead, taking 5:28 off the clock in 11 plays for 89 yards.
J.J. Swain continued the Panthers' dominant defensive performance with his second interception of the season at the 11:50 mark in the second quarter. However, the Bears slowed down the Panther attack and UNI's Kyle Bernard was forced to punt for the first time, giving MSU possession on its own eight-yard-line.
UNI added to its lead with nine seconds left in the half with an eight-yard scoring pass from Kollmorgen to Terrell Sinkfield. The UNI drive gave the Panthers a 24-0 lead at the break.
The Panther defense opened up the second half by forcing another turnover. MSU attempted a fake field goal and UNI's Jordan Webb recovered the loose ball, giving UNI the ball on its own 19-yard-line with less than 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Kollmorgen connected with LeMaster on the next offensive drive for a 43-yard pass-and-catch play putting UNI on the MSU 28-yard-line. After a 28-yard reception by Sinkfield to the MSU three-yard-line, Johnson scored his second touchdown of the game, on a three-yard rush giving the Panthers a 31-0 lead.
UNI's defense forced the MSU Bears to another quick three-and-out and ran out the clock to end the third quarter.
Anderson scored his second touchdown of the season just 10 seconds into the fourth quarter on a 60-yard pass from Kollmorgen. Anderson's touchdown gave the Panthers a 38-0 lead with 14:50 left in the game.
MSU was able to get on the scoreboard late with two touchdowns. Cooper-Falls scored on a six-yard run with 5:41 left in the game. The Bears then added their second score of the fourth quarter with only 18 ticks left on the clock when Dorian Buford scored on 7-yard scoring toss from MSU quarterback Kierra Harris. UNI's Xavier Williams blocked the extra point to make the final margin, 38-13.
Post-Game Notes vs. MSU
The last non-quarterback to throw a touchdown pass for the UNI Panthers was Victor Williams against BYU in 2008. Running back David Johnson threw his first career touchdown to Brett LeMaster against MSU.
David Johnson broke the 1,000 yard rushing mark with his 116 yard performance against Missouri State. He is the 21st Panther to rush for 1,000-plus yards in a single season in UNI history.
David Johnson is now tied for ninth all-time at UNI with 22 rushing touchdowns, passing current associate head coach/co-offensive coordinator Bill Salmon. He is also 10th all-time at UNI with 30 career touchdowns.
Carlos Anderson finished seven yards shy of tying the school record for all-purpose yards. He finished his career at UNI in second place all-time with 5,166 all-purpose yards. UNI's Kenny Shedd holds the record with 5,173 all-purpose yards from 1989-1992.