Behind stifling defense, the UNI Panthers claimed a 24-9 upset of second-ranked South Dakota State Saturday in the UNI-Dome.
The Panther defense held the nation’s second-leading scoring offense without a touchdown and to just 9 points and 326 yards.
For the second consecutive game, UNI also tallied a defensive score; Xavior Williams picked off SDSU’s Taryn Christion and returned the ball for a 30-yard touchdown to put the Panthers up 24-9 with just 24 seconds left on the clock.
The Jackrabbits were held out of the end zone for the first time since Sept. 28, 2013.
Offensively, Marcus Weymiller had 20 rushes for 110 yards, while Trevor Allen carried the ball 10 times for 43 yards and touchdown.
UNI is 4-1 over the last five games and is now in sole possession of second place in the Missouri Valley Football Conference at 3-1.
The Panthers try to keep rolling on the road against Western Illinois Saturday. The Leathernecks are 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the MVFC.