FB: Panthers Survive Bumpy Start

A fourth quarter field goal boosted the UNI Panthers to a 16-13 FCS playoff win Saturday against Lamar at the UNI-Dome.

The Panthers took the lead with a 35-yard kick by Errthum with 13:09 to play in the game, and the UNI defense made that stand up, forcing and recovering a fumble later in the period before the Cardinals missed a late field goal try which would have tied the game with 2:50 to go.

UNI had to overcome an early 10-point deficit to get the win. Lamar scored on just the second play from scrimmage, when quarterback Darrel Colbert found Kirkland Banks in the flat, and Banks cut up field 73 yards for the touchdown. A failed conversion attempt made the score 6-0.

Deion McShane took the ensuing kickoff 61 yards back to the Lamar 37-yard line to set up a 21-yard field goal for Errthum.

On the next possession, Lamar picked up four consecutive third down conversions on the back of Colbert, a dual threat from the pocket. He capped the drive with a 25-yard pass to Case Robinson giving Lamar a 13-3 lead with 7:29 to play in the first quarter.

The Panthers added a 44-field goal with 8:16 to play in the second quarter and tied the game on a 32-yard pass from Eli Dunne to Jalen Rima. The game went to the half tied at 13.

Lamar was stymied in the third quarter by a fumble and a missed field goal, as the Panther defense held Lamar out of the end zone for the remainder of the game.

Marcus Weymiller ran for 128 yards on 29 carries and Trevor Allen notched 112 yards on 18 rushes. Dunne was 8-21 for 107 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

On defense, UNI racked up five sacks, in addition for recovering three fumbles.

The win propels UNI to the second round of the FCS playoffs where the Panthers face the sixth-seeded UC Davis Aggies on the road in Davis, California.