Cyclones Fall To Northern Iowa, 28-20
AMES, Iowa – Northern Iowa’s David Johnson had 240 yards of total offense and scored four touchdowns, two in the air and two on the ground, as the Panthers defeated Iowa State, 28-20, in front of a sellout crowd of 56,800. The Cyclones fall to 0-1 this season, while UNI improves to 1-0.
Turning Point of the Game
After Iowa State’s Deon Broomfield forced a fumble and made the recovery at the UNI 20, the Panthers defense came up with the stop and held the Cyclones to a Cole Netten 38-yard field goal. The field goal trimmed the Panther lead to 21-20, but UNI would score on its first possession of the fourth quarter. The stop turned out to be pivotal in stopping the Cyclones' momentum.
Offensive Game Ball Goes To...
Senior wide receiver Justin Coleman had four catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in his first career start. Coleman’s first catch was a 59-yarder that went for a touchdown. Coleman is the first Cyclone with 100 yards receiving in a season opener since 1997 (Ed Williams vs. Oklahoma State).
Defensive Game Ball Goes To...
Broomfield finished with six tackles and also had the Cyclones’ biggest defensive play of the game when he forced and recovered a fumble from UNI’s Evan Williams in the third quarter. Broomfield had his second fumble recovery late in the game.
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Cyclone Quick Hits
*Temperature at kickoff was 92 degrees, the warmest kickoff temperature in Jack Trice Stadium history.
*Justin Coleman’s first career catch was a 59-yard TD in the first quarter.
*Official Attendance of 56,800 ties the school record, which was set in 2012 against Kansas State.
*Deon Broomfield had two fumble recoveries for the Cyclones. He now has four career fumble recoveries.
*Sam Richardson had a career-high 316 yards of total offense (242 passing, 74 rushing).
*ISU had its 14th-straight game with 50,000 fans in attendance.
Iowa State has a bye next weekend and will be back in action Sept. 14 against Iowa. The Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series will kickoff at 5 p.m. on FS1.
He Said It
"He's a guy that earned his scholarship. He was put on scholarship this summer and showed why tonight. It was a gritty performance, gritty physical performance coming out of him on a hot night." -Paul Rhoads on Justin Coleman
Fan Tweet of the Game