N. Iowa 27, Iowa St. 10
AMES, Iowa (AP) _ Freshman Scott Obermeier kicked four field goals and Jason McCleary returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown as Northern Iowa beat Iowa State 27-10 Saturday for its first victory over the Cyclones in 92 years.
The Division I-AA Panthers (3-0) used their quickness on defense to offset Iowa State’s size advantage in the line and sacked quarterback Bob Utter eight times.
Iowa State (2-2) had hoped to overpower Northern Iowa with its running game but managed only 2 yards rushing in the first quarter and 59 for the game. The Cyclones also had five turnovers.
Northern Iowa’s only other victory over Iowa State was in 1900. Iowa State leads the series 13-2-3.
McCleary’s interception return and Obermeier’s field goals of 19 and 23 yards - the first of his college career - helped Northern Iowa to a 14-0 halftime lead.
Iowa State cut it to 14-10 in the third quarter on Ty Stewart’s 48-yard field goal and James McMillion’s 3-yard touchdown run. McMillion scored five plays after Northern Iowa’s Kenny Shedd fumbled the ball away on the kickoff following Stewart’s field goal.
But Shedd came back to catch a 35-yard pass from Jay Johnson to set up Jason Hamrock’s 1-yard touchdown run that made it 21-10.
Obermeier then added field goals of 31 and 24 yards. Shedd’s leaping catch of a 21-yard pass from Johnson set up the final kick. Shedd, who entered the game averaging 39.8 yards a catch, finished with three receptions for 92 yards.
On McCleary’s touchdown, the sophomore safety stepped in front of McMillion to pick off Utter’s pass at the Northern Iowa 39. He had a clear path to the end zone.
Northern Iowa intercepted three other passes and recovered a fumble. Linebackers William Freeney and Andre Allen led the pass rush on Utter, each getting three sacks.
Utter completed seven of 15 passes for 109 yards and was intercepted twice. Johnson was nine of 18 for 161 yards with no interceptions and no sacks.