Northern Iowa Eliminates UNH For Second Straight Year
Dec. 6, 2008
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) -Pat Grace ran for two touchdowns and Terrell McMoore returned an interception 36 yards for what proved to be the decisive TD, giving Northern Iowa a 36-34 victory over New Hampshire on Saturday night in Championship Subdivision quarterfinals.
The third-seeded Panthers (12-2) survived a 100-yard interception runback for a touchdown by New Hampshire's John Clements to move into next weekend's semifinals.
They'll host Richmond on Friday night or Saturday afternoon.
It was a typical playoff game between these two teams - wild and close. Northern Iowa won 24-21 in 2005 and beat the Wildcats 38-35 on a last-second touchdown pass last year.
New Hampshire's R.J. Toman was 16-of-30 passing for 243 yards and a touchdown, but he was intercepted four times and the Wildcats lost two fumbles.
Grace went 18-for-26 for 255 yards and added 84 yards rushing on 14 carries.