Saturday’s other Missouri Valley Football Conference Games
Northern Iowa 61, Missouri State 7
CEDAR FALLS, IOWA
Eli Dunne threw for 418 yards and two touchdowns in his debut as a starter as Northern Iowa dominated Missouri State. Dunne, a sophomore, completed 25 of 33 attempts with no interceptions. Northern Iowa has not had anyone throw for 400-plus yards since Pat Grace threw for 445 against South Dakota in 2009. Dunne threw for 308 yards and one score in the first half. UNI (3-4, 2-2 Missouri Valley Conference), which had lost its last two games by a total of seven points, took control early. Elijah Campbell and Duncan Ferch each intercepted passes.
South Dakota 27, Illinois State 24
Backup quarterback Austin Simmons threw for two touchdowns as South Dakota edged Illinois State. Simmons, a redshirt freshman filling in for injured starter Chris Streveler, had 205 yards on 13-of-30 passing for the Coyotes (4-3, 3-1 Missouri Valley). Michael Frederick ran for a score and Miles Bergner kicked a pair of field goals. Simmons threw a 15-yard score Riley Donovan late in the first quarter and a 26-yard scoring strike to Tacari Carpenter late in the second and South Dakota led 24-17 at the break. Bergner’s second field goal of the day, a 39-yarder, made it 27-17 with 4:46 left in the third quarter.
Indiana State 22, Southern Illinois 14
Isaac Harker threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns and Indiana State held off Southern Illinois. Miles Thompson had five catches for 147 yards, his second-straight 100-yard game, with an 85-yard touchdown and Robert Tonyan Jr. had eight receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns for the Sycamores (4-4, 2-3 Missouri Valley). Indiana State ended a three-game losing streak and handed the Salukis (2-5, 0-4) their fourth-straight loss. Harker hit Tonyan in the last minute of the first half for a 9-yard score and 10-7 lead.
North Dakota State 21, Western Illinois 13
Easton Stick threw for 160 yards and a score as North Dakota beat Western Illinois. King Frazier ran for 89 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries for the Bison (6-1, 3-1 Missouri Valley). Darrius Shepherd had 74 yards receiving. Frazier ran for two scores in the first half and Stick threw a 17-yard scoring pass to Jeff Illies with 45 seconds to go before the break to put the Bison up 21-6 at halftime. The Leathernecks (5-2, 2-2) lost a scoring opportunity midway through the fourth quarter to a Sean McGuire fumble on the goal line that was recovered by North Dakota’s Pierre Gee-Tucker.