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Panthers Win With Blocked Extra Point

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The No. 4-ranked University of Northern Iowa football team used a pair of rushing touchdowns from junior running back Derrick Law and a key blocked extra point from senior Darrell Lloyd to edge Youngstown State University, 21-20.

The game was played on a blustery day at Stambaugh Stadium in front of an announced crowd of 15,937 fans. It was UNI's eighth straight win over Youngstown State in the series. UNI improved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in Missouri Valley Football Conference play, while YSU dropped to 2-7 overall and 1-4 in league play.

The Panther defense started the game under the gun as Youngstown State recovered an onside kick on the opening kickoff. However, the Panther defense forced a three-and-out. In fact the Panther defense forced a three-and-out on each of YSU's first three possessions of the game. YSU gained only 20 yards on its first nine plays of the game.

UNI got on the scoreboard when redshirt freshman quarterback Zach Davis tossed his first collegiate touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Schuylar Oordt on third-and-goal with only 32 seconds left in the first quarter. The one-yard toss gave UNI a 7-0 lead and capped an 11-play, 64-yard drive that consumed 4:02 off the clock. The score was set up after a 33-yard hookup from Davis to senior wide receiver Victor Williams that put the ball at the two-yard line.

YSU appeared poised to answer back after Dominique Barnes returned the ensuing kickoff 57 yards to the UNI 27-yard line. However, the Panther defense continued its stellar effort and forced a punt as the Penguins ended up punting from the UNI 31-yard line. The Panthers then marched 80 yards on 16 plays and used up 8:55 of the second quarter as Law finished it off with a 1-yard touchdown plunge. Law's score gave UNI a 14-0 lead.

YSU's Barnes secured a 48-yard kick return to set up the Penguins at the UNI 41-yard line following the Panthers' second score of the game. The Penguins were able to turn the short field into points as quarterback Brandon Summers connected on an 18-yard touchdown pass to Da'Michael Horne with 1:35 left in the half to trim the Panthers' lead in half, 14-7.

The Penguins knotted the scored at 14-14 on a 61-yard scoring dash by running back Kamryn Keys at the 3:06 mark of the third quarter. Keys took the handoff from Summers and burst through the left side of the Panther defense for the touchdown which capped a five-play, 84-yard drive.

Law put the Panthers back on top with his second rushing touchdown of the day when he scored again from one yard out at the 12:04 mark of the fourth quarter. Law's score capped a 12-play, 76-yard drive, which took 5:54 off the clock.

YSU's next drive was thwarted after a first-down sack by the Panthers' De'Veon Harris and Josh Mahoney. The sack forced YSU into a second-and-24, which eventually led to a punt. UNI was unable to score on its next possession and was forced to punt. However, junior Brook Black's nine-yard punt set up the Penguins just outside the 50-yard line.

YSU took advantage of the short punt and scored on a 51-yard pass play from Summers to wide receiver Donald Jones with 3:55 to go. However, UNI's Darrell Lloyd blocked the extra point to keep the Panthers on top, 21-20.

The Penguins attempted an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, but the Panthers' Jordan Smith recovered the loose ball to give possession back to UNI. UNI was able to run the clock down to 44 seconds but turned the ball over on downs.

YSU's final drive ended when Everette Pedescleaux sacked Summers and forced a fumble which was recovered by Wes Lane with only two seconds left in the game.

The Panthers were led by senior running back Corey Lewis, who rushed for 97 yards on 21 carries. Law rushed 20 times for 43 yards and a career-best two touchdowns. Davis passed for 162 yards on 17-of-28 passing and threw his first touchdown pass as a collegiate quarterback. Davis completed a long pass of 32 yards to Victor Williams.

Pedescleaux put on quite a show with seven tackles, two tackles-for-loss, a forced fumble and a quarterback sack. Junior Josh Mahoney notched a team-high nine stops and added a tackle-for-loss. Harris added six tackles, three pass breakups and a sack to help the defensive effort.

UNI will be back in action next Saturday at Western Illinois. Kickoff in Macomb, Ill., is slated for 12 p.m.

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