Upper Iowa 30
Sioux Falls 28
FAYETTE, Iowa — Upper Iowa running back Chris Smith’s record-breaking performance vaulted the Peacocks to a 30-28 win over Sioux Falls.
Smith broke Upper Iowa’s single season scoring mark in the third quarter and finished with 258 yards and three scores for the Peacocks. USF went 0-for-3 on fourth down attempts while Nephi Garcia was finally slowed down by the tough Peacock defense, as he failed to reach the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time since the Cougars’ season-opening loss to Minnesota Duluth.
South Dakota 34
VERMILLION — Martin Ruiz scored with 14 seconds remaining to answer a late South Dakota touchdown as Youngstown State sealed a wild 38-34 win Saturday.
Jordan Roberts ran in from 11 yards to give South Dakota a 34-31 lead with two minutes left to play. The Penguins (8-1, 5-0 Missouri Valley Conference) took off down the field with a 10-play, 74-yard drive that was capped off by Ruiz’s three-yard rush into the end zone.
Kurt Hess finished with 283 yards passing for two touchdowns and rushed for another as the Penguins ended with 517 offensive yards. Youngstown State turned the ball over three times — all fumbles — against the Coyotes and fought through seven lead changes to stay undefeated in the MVC.
South Dakota (4-5, 3-3) capitalized on two Penguin fumbles after taking possession with a 17-yard TD run by QB Kevin Earl and a 40-yard field goal by Miles Bergner.
Northern Arizona 48
North Dakota 27
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Zach Bauman rushed for 162 yards and a touchdown, helping Northern Arizona to a 48-27 win over North Dakota on Saturday night.
Northern Arizona (7-2, 5-1 Big Sky Conference) extended its winning streak to four games and remains third in the conference standings.
The Lumberjacks built a 14-0 lead before Ryan Bartels connected with Kenny Golladay for a pair of touchdown passes in the second quarter for North Dakota (2-7, 1-5). Northern Arizona then scored 20 unanswered points en route to the victory.
Jordan Perry’s 2-yard touchdown run gave the Lumberjacks a 28-14 halftime lead, and a pair of third quarter field goals followed by a fourth quarter touchdown gave Northern Arizona a 41-14 advantage.
Casey Jahn complimented Bauman’s effort with 106 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Lumberjacks.