Panthers roll over ISU for Family Weekend, 59-13


DYLAN PADY, Sports Editor | [email protected]

Indiana State University recently traveled to the UNI-Dome to take on the Panther’s for Family Weekend on Saturday.

Going into the game with a 4-4 record, the 17th ranked Panthers went into halftime leading with a 38-0 score and finishing it off with a final of 59-13.

Defensively, the Panthers forced five turnovers, with three interceptions and two forced fumbles; this resulted in 28 more points on the board.

“Give credit to the defense for getting us stops and special teams for giving us good field position,” said quarterback Aaron Bailey. “When we were that close inside their territory, we felt like we had to score.”

Bailey rushed for four touchdowns and connected with Charles Brown for a 10-yard touchdown completion. Bailey also completed eight passes on 13 attempts for a total of 114 yards that day.

Northern Iowa’s 59 points were the most they have scored since beating Central State, 59-0 in 2012.

Defensive end Karter Schult lead UNI’s defense with seven tackles, three of which for a loss, and 1.5 sacks.

“The way the score looked … doesn’t look good on the scoreboard, but Indiana State is a good team. Trust me,” Schult said.

Defense held ISU to 69 yards in the first half and a total of 272 at the end of the game.

ISU quarterback Matt Adams was under pressure and, to avoid a sack, threw the ball into the hands of Tim Kilfoy, who ran it into the end zone for a 24-0 lead.

“They had a very good front seven,” said Adams. “They brought some pressure we didn’t pick it up well and they continued to bring pressure. We have to respond and make plays so they don’t bring the pressure, but they got us on it and kept on bringing it.”

Next week, UNI will travel to Missouri State to take on the Bears. The Bears are 1-8 and just recently came off a 47-7 loss to Youngstown State.

The Panthers only have two games left, and after their away game against Missouri State they will wrap up their regular season action with a home game against Southern Illinois. The Panthers post-season hopes hang in the balance as they must win out to earn a playoff spot.