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Northern Iowa falls to North Dakota



Published: Sun, September 10, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



The Division II Sioux pulled off the 35-31 upset win at the UNI-Dome.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Reed Manke's 50-yard touchdown pass with 54 seconds left capped a flurry of late scoring and gave North Dakota a 35-31 win Saturday over Northern Iowa.

North Dakota (2-0) had a 21-16 lead before the teams combined for four touchdowns in the final five minutes.

Northern Iowa (1-1) was on the verge of a second straight win after Eric Sanders threw a 20-yard TD pass to Johnny Gray for a 31-28 lead with 1:27 left. Thirty-three seconds later Manke tossed the game-winning score to Weston Dressler.

Northern Iowa is North Dakota's first Division I-AA opponent since a 1985 contest at Northern Arizona, where the Sioux lost 41-0. North Dakota is a Division II program.

Ryan Chappell led North Dakota with 121 rushing yards and two touchdowns, including a 17-yard run that gave the Sioux a 28-24 lead with 2:31 left.

Manke scored two TDs -- one of them rushing -- and threw for 207 yards. He rushed for 60 yards.

Cory Lewis led Northern Iowa with 114 yards on 19 carries. He added a 9-yard touchdown run that gave the Panthers their first lead of the second half -- 24-21 -- with 4:53 left.

Wisconsin 34, Western Illinois 10

MADISON, Wis. -- P.J. Hill conjured up memories of former Badgers bruiser Ron Dayne for the second straight week, bouncing off defenders on his way to 101 yards and three touchdowns as Wisconsin beat Division I-AA Western Illinois.

Wisconsin senior quarterback John Stocco was 15-for-25 for 227 yards, but got up gingerly after throwing a touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter.

Stocco, who had knee surgery in August but was a surprise starter in the Badgers' season-opening victory over Bowling Green last Saturday, did not return to the game.

Wisconsin (2-0) got off to a shaky start when Jarvis Minton fumbled the opening kickoff, leading to a field goal for Western Illinois (1-1).

Eastern Kentucky 26,Western Kentucky 21

RICHMOND, Ky. -- Bobby Washington ran for 106 yards and a touchdown to lead Eastern Kentucky, the Colonels' first win in the Battle of the Bluegrass in seven years.

Mark Dunn added 43 yards on 15 carries for Eastern Kentucky (1-1 overall, 1-0 Ohio Valley Conference), which held off a late rally by the Hilltoppers (0-2, 0-1).

Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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