UNI’s offense found trouble in the red zone Saturday, and the Panther defense gave up 300 yards through the air as the Western Illinois Leathernecks earned a 37-17 win in Macomb.
Western Illinois quarterback Sean McGuire was efficient, completing 25 of 32 passes for 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns. WIU running backs gained 102 yards on 35 carries, with three TDs.
he first half was back and forth. UNI missed an early field goal, but still went up 10-7 on a touchdown from Eli Dunne to Marcus Weymiller with 12:35 left in the second quarter. The Leathernecks responded with a 69-yard touchdown pass minutes later and never trailed again.
Dunne was 22-33 for 218 yards, two interceptions and a touchdown. Weymiller was the bright spot on the offense rushing 16 times for 96 yards and a touchdown.
The loss moves UNI to 4-4 on the year and 3-2 in Missouri Valley Football Conference play. The Panthers are now in a three-way tie with Western Illinois and South Dakota State for second in the Missouri Valley Football Conference Standings.