CEDAR FALLS - The No. 14 University of Northern Iowa Panthers fell to the No. 1 ranked North Dakota State Bison on Saturday night, 33-21, in a MVFC battle.
Late in the fourth quarter the UNI offense put in a last drive effort with Terrell Sinkfield scoring a touchdown to cut the lead to 12 points, but the Panthers could not recover their on-side kick and eventually fell to the Bison.
North Dakota State scored 10 points in each of the final three quarters and outscored the Panthers by nine during that stretch to win the game.
The lone points in the first quarter was a field goal by the Bison.
Northern Iowa quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen threw two touchdown passes for the Panthers, and David Anderson added 85 rushing yards and a score but it wasn't enough for the Panthers against the top-ranked Bison.
John Crockett finished with 122 yards and two scores on the ground to lead North Dakota State. Brock Jensen also threw for 243 yards and one score.
North Dakota State was 6-of-7 inside the red zone Saturday with three of those scores going for touchdowns.
The Bison out-gained the Panthers 419-285 and had a 176-72 advantage on the ground. They also possessed the ball for 11 more minutes than Northern Iowa.
The Panthers will have an open weekend next Saturday but will return to action when they travel to take on Southern Illinois on Oct. 13. The game is set to kickoff at 2 p.m.