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College Football: UNI defeats Youngstown State, 21-0

This news story was published on February 28, 2021.
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YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO – Dom Williams scored two touchdowns, and the UNI defense held Youngstown State to just 135 yards of offense while keeping them off the scoreboard to earn head Coach Mark Farley’s 100th Missouri Valley Football Conference win Saturday on the road at Stambaugh Stadium.

The Panther offense racked up 374 yards of offense, including 191 on the ground for the day. Will McElvain was 15-20 for 183 yards, but the Panthers did not find the endzone through the air.

Tyler Hoosman led UNI with 68 yards on 12 rushes. McElvain rushed the ball seven times for 38 yards. Williams had 15 carries for 35 yards but scored twice.

Quan Hampton notched five receptions for 74 yards five other Panthers caught passes as UNI tallied 183 yards through the air.

Defensively, UNI held Youngstown to just 64 yards on 15 completions. Mark Waid led the Penguin rushing attack with 37 yards on nine carries. The Panthers tallied 3.0 sacks and 7.0 tackles for loss. Khristian Boyd had a breakout game, notching two sacks and 2.5 TFLs in the effort. He was third on the team with seven tackles.

UNI opened the game with a 61-yard drive that ended in a 32-yard field goal by Matthew Cook with 8:23 to play in the first quarter.

The Panthers got back on the board in the second with a 41-yard field goal from Cook with 5:35 left in the quarter to take a 6-0 lead into the break.

After a scoreless third, the Panthers got in the end zone on a two-yard run from Williams to put UNI up 13-0. The score capped an 11-play, 57-yard drive with 13:48 to play.

Williams again found the end zone on the ensuing drive, this time on a one-yard run. McElvain found McShane in the back of the end zone for the two-point conversion to give UNI the 21-0 lead with 7:28 to play.

The two teams traded drives over the final minutes, but Youngstown mustered just one first down the rest of the game.

The win moves UNI to 1-1 on the year while Youngstown State falls to 0-2. The MVFC was shaken up with top-10 teams North Dakota State, Illinois State and South Dakota State all losing Saturday. Conference newcomer North Dakota is 2-0 so far this season while Missouri State and South Dakota are 1-0 in league play.

The Panthers return to the UNI-Dome to face Illinois State in what is surely a battle of ranked opponents. The Redbirds will likely fall in the polls after dropping their season-opening loss to South Dakota in Vermillion.

– Dom Williams is the first Panther to score two touchdowns in a game since Tyler Hoosman scored two on Oct. 19, 2019, against South Dakota.
– Khristian Boyd entered the game with 2.0 tackles for loss and .5 sacks in his career. He more than doubled those numbers with 2.0 sacks and 2.5 TFLs in the effort. He also had just 26 career tackles before Saturday when he has seven total.
– Riley Van Wyhe earned the start at Linebacker and was second on the team with nine total tackles. He also had a tackle for loss and a pass breakup.
– UNI held Youngstown State to 135 yards of total offense it is the least allowed in a game since 2012 when NCAA DII Central State (Ohio) put up just 109 in a 59-0 Panther win.
– The Panthers allowed just 64 yards through the air. It is the lowest total since giving up just 61 receiving against Hampton in 2018.
– It was the first shutout since the 44-0 win over Hampton in 2018.
– Van Wyhe, Chase Arends, Alex Allen and Tristan Roper notched their first starts for UNI.

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