Football Bears Trailing UNI at the Half in Cedar Falls
Nov. 17, 2012
The home standing UNI Panthers wasted no time jumping on the visitors early as David Johnson took the first play from scrimmage 77 yards to paydirt to put Northern Iowa ahead 7-0 at the 12:55 mark.
That play set the momentum early, and UNI has built a 24-0 halftime lead over Missouri State.
MSU then fell behind 10-0 less than four minutes later after its second straight three-and-out with a 36-yard field goal by Tyler Sievertsen that capped a 39-yard scoring drive at the 9:14 mark. Early in the fourth quarter, the Panthers tacked on seven more points on a trick play with 14:53 left in the half. Johnson took a second-down handoff, rolled right and then threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Brett LeMaster to make it 17-0.
The Bears responded with their first substantial drive of the half. Mikael Cooper-Falls entered the game and helped get the Bears into UNI territory with a solid effort in the backfield. A pair of third-down completions from Kierra Harris to Cadarrius Dotson kept the drive alive to the UNI 34 before a personal-foul penalty and a Harris interception killed the threat.
Just before the intermission, UNI scored another touchdown to go ahead 24-0 at the break. The Panthers capped an 80-yard, 12-play drive with an eight-yard TD pass from Sawyer Kollmorgen to Terrell Sinkfield on a laser-like strike over the middle.
The Bears were outgained in the first 30 minutes, 295-106, despite converting 4-of-9 third down opportunities and controlling 14:09 of the clock. Dotson has 4 receptions for 52 yards to lead the MSU offense.