UNI Crushes Central State as Kinnick Showdown Approaches

By Jake Bemis, Reporter

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The University of Northern Iowa answered any doubts that last week’s near upset of Wisconsin was a fluke.

In a game where most starters were out by halftime, the Panthers defeated the Central State Marauders, 59-0, in the UNI-Dome.

Sawyer Kollmorgen was 11 for 18 for 229 yards and three touchdowns in the first home start of his college career.

“I was just real excited to finally get to play in the dome,” Kollmorgen said after the game. “I sat out last year, but still being a part of it, you could just tell it is an exciting place to play, and I was just ready to go.”

On the first play of the game, Central State recovered an onside kick, but failed to put any points on the board. The Panthers jumped on the board early with a 65-yard touchdown reception from Brett LeMaster.

“I think it really set the tempo,” Kollmorgen said about the play. “Brett got wide open, he’s a good receiver. All of our wide receivers are good for us.”

It was victory number 100 for head coach Mark Farley’s career, but Farley said he won’t take too much time to celebrate with the University of Iowa on next week’s schedule.

“It never hit home, and it still hasn’t,” he said. “I think the coaches know what the meaning of the number is, and then the players come up to congratulate you. Lots of good players and a lot of good coaches.”

Austin Ebertowski led the Panthers with 87 rushing yards and three touchdowns. UNI had 471 yards of total offense compared to just 109 for Central State.

Northern Iowa heads to Iowa City next Saturday to face the Iowa Hawkeyes.
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