Enhanced Box Score: UNI 41 Missouri State 0

| game recap & photo courtesy UNI Athletic Communications |


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The University of Northern Iowa Panthers shutout Missouri State on their way to a 41-0 win on Saturday afternoon. UNI moved to 6-4 on the season and 4-3 in Missouri Valley Football Conference play.

Aaron Bailey led the team with 161 yards on the ground on 19 carries, scoring four rushing touchdowns for the second consecutive game. Tyvis Smith also added a career-high 143 rushing yards and a 56-yard rushing touchdown.

On defense, UNI held the Bears to just 139 total offensive yards that included only 43 yards on the ground. Adam Reth tied his career-high with nine tackles while Karter Schult added seven and a pass breakup.

The Panthers got to work quickly, scoring in the first minute of the game. Smith broke several tackles for a 56-yard rushing touchdown to put UNI up 7-0 at the 14:14 mark in the first quarter. He accumulated all 68 yards of the Panthers’ first offensive drive that lasted only 46 seconds.

Bailey scored his 11th rushing touchdown of the season with 5:58 left in the first quarter when he kept the ball for a go-ahead three-yard touchdown to give UNI a 14-0 lead. The eight-play, 76 yard drive burned 3:08 off the clock.

UNI’s defense set up the third touchdown of the game when Deiondre’ Hall picked up his sixth interception of the season and returned it to the Missouri State 34-yard-line. Bailey punched in an 11-yard rushing touchdown two plays later, ending a two-play, 34-yard drive to put UNI up 21-0 with 5:01 left in the second quarter.

The Panthers continued to roll, going 87 yards in just 1:48 to score its fourth touchdown and extend its lead to 28-0. Bailey ran in a 26-yard rushing touchdown with 50 seconds left in the second quarter, ending the eight-play drive.

For the second consecutive week, Bailey racked up four rushing touchdowns, scoring his fourth of the game with 4:26 left in the third quarter. The junior rushed into the end zone for 10 yards to put UNI up 35-0, ending an 11-play, 85-yard drive to take 4:25 off the clock.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Eli Dunne scored UNI’s final touchdown of the game and the first of his career with 2:26 remaining in the game. Dunne used his 6-4 frame to stretch across the goal line for a two-yard rushing touchdown, giving UNI its 41-0 win, ending a 13-play, 60-yard drive that took 7:10 off the clock.

UNI will return to action when they host Southern Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 21 for their final regular season game. The game will kick off at 4 p.m.

Post-Game Notes vs. Missouri State

–        Captains against Missouri State: Deiondre’ Hall, Tim Kilfoy, Braden Lehman and Jacob Rathmacher.

–         Tyvis Smith’s 56-yard rushing touchdown to start the game against the Bears was UNI’s longest rushing play from a running back this season and his career-long. The longest rushing play this season is 83 yards from Aaron Bailey against North Dakota State.

–         Deiondre’ Hall picked up his sixth interception of the season against Missouri State, returning it for 20 yards and ultimately setting up UNI’s third scoring drive. His 20-yard return gives him 243 career-interception return yards, tying him for fourth all-time at UNI.

–        UNI rushed for over 300 yards in just the first half (309) against Missouri State. The last time UNI had over 300 yards rushing in a game was against Tennessee Tech in 2014 when the Panthers had 322.

–        Aaron Bailey (176 Yds, 4 TD) and Tyvis Smith (146 Yds, 1 TD) both notched 100-plus rushing yard performances against Missouri State, marking the second time this season that UNI has had two 100-yard rushers in the same game. Prior to UNI’s game against Eastern Washington (9/12), the last time the Panthers had two 100-yard rushers was against Western Illinois in 2011.

–        Missouri State finished the game with 43 yards on the ground, marking the fourth game in a row that a team has rushed for less than 100 yards against the Panthers.

–        UNI finished the game with 439 total rushing yards as a team. The last time UNI had 400 or more yards on the ground was against Indiana State in 2009 when they had 406.