FB: Panther Defense Leads the Way

The Northern Iowa defense kept the Illinois State Redbirds in check on Saturday during a 26-16 victory; it was an effort kept the Panthers in a second place tie in the Missouri Valley Football Conference standings with just two regular season games remaining.

UNI held Illinois State to 215 yards, including just 35 rushing yards, for the afternoon. It was the third time in the last four games that they have limited an opponent to fewer than 100 yards on the ground. Illinois State was just 1-11 on third downs.

The Panthers also collected three sacks as well as some defensive points: Duncan Ferch notched his fourth-career interception returned for a touchdown which ties the UNI school record with Deiondre’ Hall.  Korby Sander snatched another interception.

Offensively, UNI racked up 387 yards. Marcus Weymiller toted the ball 30 times for 109 yards and a touchdown. He also had a 42-yard reception on the Panther’s final drive. Briley Moore led all receivers with four catches for 76 yards, while quarterback Eli Dunne was 17-32 for 262 yards.

The Panthers are now 5-4 on the season and 4-2 in MVFC play. UNI travels to Youngstown State to play the Penguins this Saturday.