Valley Football Recaps -- Oct. 15
All three of the league's ranked teams posted wins on Saturday as #2 UNI won at South Dakota State; #4 North Dakota State beat Missouri State; and #21 Indiana State defeated visiting Western Illinois. Illinois State scored a huge non-conference win against #14 South Dakota; and Youngstown State ralied to win for the first time in Carbondale since 2001.
#2 UNI 31, South Dakota State 14
(AP) BROOKINGS, S.D. -- Tirrell Rennie threw four touchdown passes and Northern Iowa took advantage of five turnovers Saturday to defeat South Dakota State 31-14.
The Panthers (5-1, 4-0 Missouri Valley) trailed 14-7 in the second quarter before scoring 24 unanswered points.
Rennie was 16 of 20 passing for 239 yards and no interceptions. He threw TDs of 8 and 22 yards to Terrell Sinkfield, 80 yards to Jarred Herring and 19 yards to Darion Howard. Herring finished with five catches for 120 yards.
Austin Summer completed 37 of 54 passes for 354 and two touchdowns for South Dakota State (2-5, 1-3), but was intercepted four times. Summer hit Aaron Rollin for a 4-yard score in the first quarter and Dale Moss from 3 yards out in the second to give the Jackrabbits an early lead. J.J. Swain had two of the interceptions for Northern Iowa.
#21 Indiana State 46, Western Illinois 24
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Shakir Bell ran for 213 yards and three touchdowns to lead Indiana State to a 46-24 victory over Western Illinois on Saturday.
Ronnie Fouch completed only six passes in 21 attempts -- but four went for touchdowns for the Sycamores (5-2, 3-1 Missouri Valley). All were at least 32 yards, with the longest an 80-yarder to Alex Jones.
Bell's touchdown runs of 51 and 47 yards in the fourth quarter put the game out of reach for the Sycamores after Western Illinois had pulled within 33-24. Bell, who carried 21 times, also scored from 6 yards in the first quarter.
Josh Hudson was 23 of 35 for 269 yards and two touchdowns, both to Aaron Muhammad for the Leathernecks (2-4, 1-2). Terriun Crump caught eight passes for 111 yards, his fifth 100-yard game this season.
Youngstown State 35, Southern Illinois 23
(AP) -- CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Jamaine Cook rushed for 179 yards and a touchdown, Kurt Hess added 264 yards passing and two scores, and Youngstown State snapped Southern Illinois' nine-game homecoming winning streak with a 35-23 victory Saturday. It was the first victory in Carbondale since 2001 for the Penguins (3-3, 2-2 Missouri Valley Conference) and Cook's fifth straight 100-yard rushing game.
Cook scored on a 2-yard run in the third quarter to give Youngstown State its first lead, 21-17. Jewel Hampton put the Salukis (2-4, 1-3) back on top with a 20-yard touchdown run, his third score of the game, later in the quarter.
Hess then gave the Penguins the lead for good when he hit Jelani Berassa for a 15-yard TD. Hess had found Christian Bryan on an 18-yard score earlier in the third.
Josh Lee recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone late in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
#4 North Dakota State 51, Missouri State 21
(AP) FARGO, N.D. -- Brock Jensen threw three touchdown passes, D.J. McNorton ran for two more, and North Dakota State stayed undefeated with a 51-21 victory Saturday over winless Missouri State.
Jensen had 211 yards passing for the Bison (6-0, 3-0 Missouri Valley) and completed 19 of 23 attempts, the longest a 47-yarder for a touchdown to Warren Holloway in the second quarter. He also hit Holloway from 31 yards out in the first quarter and Matt Veldman on a 10-yarder in the third.
McNorton rushed for 92 yards on 14 carries, with TD runs of 20 yards in the second quarter and 9 yards to cap the scoring in the fourth. Marcus Williams returned the second-half kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, and Ryan Jastram kicked three field goals.
Missouri State (0-7, 0-4) led 14-10 early in the second quarter behind Trevor Wooden's two touchdown passes. Wooden added a third-quarter rushing score.
Illinois State 28, #14 South Dakota 3
NORMAL, Ill. -- Ashton Leggett ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as Illinois State beat South Dakota 28-3.
Matt Brown threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score for the Redbirds (4-3). Brown threw for 133 yards, while Illinois State finished with 228 yards rushing.
South Dakota's Dante Warren was sacked six times and completed five passes in 16 attempts for only 25 yards. No South Dakota receiver had more than one catch and none had double figures in receiving yards.
The Coyotes (4-3) managed 108 yards in total offense, most of which came in a 16-play, 91-yard drive that ended in Kevin Robb's 20-yard field goal just before halftime to make the score 7-3.
Brown threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Tyrone Walker in the third quarter, then Leggett scored from 13 yards for a 21-3 Illinois State lead. Leggett scored a 12-yard TD with 1:29 to play.