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David Johnson (courtesy Cory Aldinger - Hawkeye Community College)
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications
David Johnson (courtesy Cory Aldinger - Hawkeye Community College)
Iowa Slips Past UNI 27-16
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Sunday 09/15/2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa  - The No. 6 University of Northern Iowa Panthers were defeated today by a hard hitting, in-state clash against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes 27-16.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen finished the game with 245 yards and 20-of-33 passing, which is his third straight game of 200-plus yards passing. Leading the Panthers on the ground and in the air against the Hawkeyes was David Johnson with 77 yards receiving and 77 yards rushing.

The Panthers started the game off quickly with a touchdown in the opening drive of the game completing eight plays for 83 yards and taking 4:24 off the clock.  Johnson sliced through the Iowa defense getting his third touchdown of the season with Tyler Sievertsen knocking in the extra point to put UNI up 7-0 early in the first quarter.

Iowa evened up the score at 7-7 with 5:25 left on the clock in the first quarter, but didn't stay in the lead for long with Sievertsen knocking in a career long field goal. Sievertsen hit the 49-yard field goal through the uprights to give UNI the 10-7 lead after a seven play drive by the Panthers.
 
The shootout continued in the second quarter when Iowa took the lead with 11:09 left in the half taking 6:04 off the clock, running 11 plays making the score 14-10 in Iowa's favor. Wes Smith set up the next Panther points with a 30-yard kick-off return. UNI added to the scoreboard with another field goal with 7:24 left on the clock going for 10 plays and 48 yards, making it 14-13.

The Panther defense held Iowa to a field goal on their next drive making the score 17-13 heading into halftime. UNI's defense put up a strong showing during the drive with seven tackles, including a stellar tackle from Wilmot Wellington to keep the Hawkeyes at bay.

Kollmorgen finished the half nine-for-12 passing with 133 yards. Johnson led the team in rushing during the half with his 36-yards on the ground and Brett LeMaster continued his dominance in the air with a team leading 46-yards in the half. Kyle Bernard notched a season long punt, nailing a 71-yarder to pin the Hawkeyes deep to end the half.

Iowa scored quickly to start the third quarter with 13:10 still left on the clock to make the score 23-13. After several drives of defensive battles between the Hawkeyes and the Panthers, UNI put up another field goal from Sievertsen with 2:47 left in the quarter to give the Panthers three points, trailing 24-16 to send the game into the fourth quarter.

Varmah Sonie stepped up for the Panther defense early in the fourth quarter breaking up two key passes from the Hawkeyes in the endzone forcing Iowa to settle for another field goal, giving them a lead of 27-16 with 12:22 left in the game.

After a goal-line stand by the Panther defense late in the game, the UNI offense had another chance at the Hawkeye defense. Johnson and Kollmorgen were in sync again with Kollmorgen completing two passes to Johnson for 12 yards and a first down.

The Panthers drove to the Iowa 43-yard-line with Kollmorgen connecting with Johnson and Terrell Sinkfield, but were unable to put another score on the board, falling to the Hawkeyes 27-16.

UNI will hit the road again next weekend when they return to action against Youngstown State on Sept. 22. The game is set to kick-off at 6:00 p.m.

Post-Game Notes UNI vs. Iowa

  • Redshirt freshman Sawyer Kollmorgen started the game 3-for-3 for 61 yards on the opening touchdown drive.
  • Tyler Sievertsen knocked in a career long 49-yard field goal against Iowa. His previous career long field goal was 48-yards, which he accomplished three times last season.
  • Kyle Bernard booted a 71-yard punt in the first half against Iowa, which was only four yards off of his career long 75-yard punt last season.
  • Ryan Bingaman started the season on the offensive line for the first two games, but played as a tight end for the Panthers against Iowa.
  • Tyler Sievertsen tied his career high of three field goals made with his 49-yard, 22-yard and 25-yard field goals against Iowa.

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