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Northern Iowa hands South Dakota St 2nd straight home loss

October 23, 2021 GMT

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Theo Day threw for 232 yards and a touchdown, Matthew Cook made four field goals, including a career-long 55-yarder, and Northern Iowa beat South Dakota State 26-17 on Saturday.

Day was intercepted by Graham Spalding with 4:09 remaining in the fourth quarter but SDSU couldn’t capitalize as Cole Frahm missed a 47-yard field goal. UNI went three-and-out, but Bryce Flater sealed it with a quarterback sack.

Day was 11 of 21 with an interception for Northern Iowa (4-3, 2-2 Missouri Valley Football Conference). Isaiah Weston caught four passes for 125 yards and a score, and Bradrick Shaw rushed for a touchdown.

Cook also made a 46-yarder for a 23-10 lead and added a 51-yard make for a two-possession lead early in the fourth. Cook twice topped his previous best (50), coming on his first collegiate kick as a freshman against Iowa State in 2019.

Chris Oladokun passed for 294 yards and a touchdown, and Tucker Kraft caught nine passes for 123 yards for South Dakota State (5-2, 2-2), which entered ranked No. 7 in the coaches’ poll. SDSU had scored at least 40 points in every game this season.

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SDSU dropped its second straight home game in front of the fourth-largest crowd (16,889) in program history.

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