Panthers shut out Indiana State, 33-0

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PRESTON JENSEN, Sports Writer

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The Panthers shut out the Indiana State Sycamores 33-0 on Thursday night while on the road in Terre Haute, Indiana. UNI was able to outlast the Sycamores with outstanding defensive play and a strong running game, rushing for over 200 total yards.

The first quarter started off slowly, with just over eight minutes remaining in the first quarter before Austin Errthum drilled a 46-yard field goal through the uprights to make the game 3-0 in favor of the Panthers. The field goal by the Panthers was the lone score of the quarter. 

Errthum kept it going in the second quarter of play, knocking down two more field goals, one from 31 yards and another from 20 yards,  giving UNI a 9-0 advantage. The offense was able to put together several solid drives of 67 and 78 yards, but were unable to get the ball into the end zone. The defense continued to stand firm and kept Indiana State scoreless as both teams headed to the locker room with the Panthers leading by nine.

Running back Trevor Allen scored the first touchdown of the game in the third quarter with an 18-yard run. Allen tallied another touchdown run on an explosive eight play, 90-yard drive in the quarter.  The Sycamores continued to struggle on offense as they failed to score in the third quarter.

Errthum kept his leg hot, kicking a 24-yard field goal to earn the first points of the fourth quarter. UNI’s defense finished the game strong in the fourth, preserving the shutout and ending the game on 19-yard interception and touchdown from Duncan Ferch.

Allen led the offensive charge with 221 all-purpose yards, 180 of those coming on the ground with two touchdowns. Running back Marcus Weymiller managed to run a solid 90-yards, and quarterback Eli Dunne complimented him well, completing 16 passes for 218 yards. 

The UNI Panthers take on reigning national champions North Dakota State Bison on Saturday, Oct. 6 in the UNI-Dome. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

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