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Northern Iowa Loses Another Overtime Game

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BROOKINGS, South Dakota -- For the third straight week, the Northern Iowa football team played in an overtime game.

And like the first two outings, the Panthers lost on Saturday, 37-34, in double overtime to South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D.

The loss was the fourth straight overall for Northern Iowa (4-4, 0-4 Missouri Valley), all of which were one possession games the non-overtime loss coming to No. 1 North Dakota State, 24-23 on Oct. 5.

Northern Iowa had several chances to head back to Cedar Falls with a victory, but came up short. With the clock expiring at the end of regulation, Panther kicker Tyler Sievertsen missed a potential game-winning 30-yard field goal, forcing overtime.

The Panthers also had a chance to win in the first overtime. The Jackrabbits (5-4, 2-3) were held to a Justin Syrovatka 26-yard field goal in SDSU's opening possession. Northern Iowa got as far as the six yard-line on a David Johnson run, but missed on a game-winning touchdown one play later.

Quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen missed a wide open Kevin Vereen in the back of the end zone, and after a sack of Kollmorgen on the next play, the Panthers had to settle for a Sievertsen field goal.

In the second overtime, Northern Iowa again got as far as the SDSU six, but were turned away again, and Sievertsen made his second overtime field goal.

Jackrabbits quarterback Austin Sumner tossed a 14-yard touchdown to Brandon Hubert to end it four plays later.

Kollmorgen finished the game 30 of 40 for 306 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson finished with 22 carries for 65 yards.

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