Early turnovers hurt Northern Iowa in loss to Weber State

Northern Iowa defensive back Xavior Williams hangs his head as officials review an Iowa State touchdown during the third overtime in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in Ames. Iowa State won 29-26 in triple overtime. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

OGDEN, Utah (KCRG) - Northern Iowa began a three-game stretch against ranked opponents with a road trip to No. 5 Weber State.

It didn't start out too well.

On Weber State's first drive, quarterback Kaden Jenks hooked up with Rashi Shaheed for a 73-yard touchdown, giving the Wildcats a 7-0 lead. Then Northern Iowa fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, the ball was recovered by Weber State. The Wildcats were able to get a field goal off the turnover to lead 10-0.

The turnover bug bit the Panthers again on their next drive when Will McElvain was intercepted by Brody Burke. Weber State turned that into seven more points after a Kevin Smith two-yard touchdown run, making it a 17-0 lead.

The Wildcats added ten more unanswered points. Northern Iowa stopped the bleeding when McElvain connected with Isaiah Weston for a 37-yard touchdown, making it 27-10 at halftime.

But the Panthers couldn't mount a comeback in the second half falling 29-17.