UNI Playoff Bound, Iowa Thumps Illionis and Texas Topples ISU

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UNI Playoff Bound 

A tough schedule paid of for the Northern Iowa Panthers who received an at-large bid into the FCS playoffs. The Panthers will host Lamar in the opening round on Saturday. UNI finished 6-5 after a 37-0 win over Missouri State.

 

That’s UNI coach Mark Farley who says a tough Missouri Valley race helped their cause.

 

Lamar out of the Southland conference is 7-4 on the season and 6-3 in conference.

Iowa 63, Illinois 0

Nate Stanley passed for 178 yards and three touchdowns while Mekhi Sargent and Toren Young added two rushing touchdowns each as Iowa rolled over Illinois 63-0 on Saturday.

It tied the largest margin of defeat in Illinois history, matching a 63-0 loss to the University of Chicago in 1906.

The win ended a three-game skid for the Hawkeyes (7-4, 4-4 Big Ten) and makes a bowl invitation all but certain.

Stanley threw for three scores, one to Noah Fant and one to TJ Hockenson.  The Hawks collected 400 total offensive yards and scored 28 points in the second quarter alone.  It’s the Hawks and the Huskers in the Heroes Game on Friday.

#13 Texas 24, #16 Iowa State 10

Texas Quarterback Sam Ehlinger ran for a touchdown and passed for another before leaving with an injury after a hard hit late in the second quarter, and No. 13 Texas smothered Iowa State freshman quarterback Brock Purdy in a 24-10 victory Saturday night pushing the Longhorns a big step closer to a berth in the league championship game.

Texas (8-3, 6-2, No. 15 CFP) is in second place in the Big 12 and can get to the title game with a win at Kansas next week. Texas hasn’t won the Big 12 since 2009. The Longhorns have won eight games for the first time since 2013.

Iowa State’s hope for a birth in the title game are slim to none.

Brock Purdy finished 10 of 23 for 130 yards and one interception.  David Montgomery collected 33 yards on 10 carries for the lone Cyclone Score.  ISU only netted 210 offensive yards in the loss.

Iowa State vs Arizona, 8pm

Iowa State looks for a resume building win tonight when the Cyclones play Arizona in the opening round of the Maui Invitational. The Cyclones will play either Illinois or Gonzaga in their second game.

ISU coach Steve Prohm:

 

Iowa State has won three of its last five regular season tournaments and during that span has won 11 of 13 games. Prohm says their fan following is a big part of that success.