The University of Northern Iowa football team allowed 20 points in the opening quarter, giving the Weber State Wildcats all the scoring they would need on the way to a 29-17 final in Ogden, Utah, Saturday.
Wildcat quarterback Kaden Jenks hit Rashid Shaheed on a 73-yard touchdown pass less than three minutes into the action to set the tone for the game. A takeaway on the ensuing kickoff led to a field goal, which made it 10-0 in favor of the home team in just over five minutes of play.
UNI’s other turnover during the game also let to Weber State points in the opening quarter; Will McElvain threw an interception on the next possession, which cued up an eight-play, 38-yard scoring drive.
It was 27-3 when McElvain found Isaiah Weston for a 37-yard touchdown late in the first half. UNI wouldn’t cross the goal line again until 4:04 remained, with a short scoring catch by Jaylin James.
McElvain ran for a career-high 105 yards and completed 16 of 29 pass attempts for 219 yards.
Defensively, linebacker Bryce Flater was in on a team-high 11 tackles.
UNI opens the Missouri Valley Football Conference schedule next Saturday, hosting Youngstown State at 4 p.m.