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Northern Iowa @ Wisconsin, Sept. 1

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MADISON, Wis--I am in Madison today to see if Northern Iowa can pull off the upset against the Badgers. It is a nice day in central Wisconsin with temps right now in the upper 70s.

Wisconsin is ranked #12 in both of the FBS polls. UNI is ranked #9 in the College Sporting News and Sports Network Polls within the preseason.

Coach Mark Farley is entering his 12th season as the head man for UNI and has won from the start--winning 60 of his 80 contests.

UNI is coming off a share of the MVFC crown and fell in the third round of the playoffs last year at Montana.

This game between the Big 10's Badgers and the Panthers is the first in the two schools histories.

Wisconsin is coming off a Big 10 title but return just 11 starters this year but the most high profile is running back Montee Ball, who finished fourth last year in the Heisman Trophy voting.

UNI returns just 12 full starters and 2 specialists. The players to watch to begin the season for the Panthers include two running backs in David Johnson and Carlos Anderson. On defense, cornerback Varmah Sonie is the team leader.

One big question mark for the Panthers is the quarterback position with Tirrell Rennie having used his eligibility. Redshirt freshman Sawyer Kollmorgen will be the starter for the Panthers today. For a first time start, the 80,000+ in Camp Randall Stadium may be a little intemedating.

Here's to hoping he can suprise us an provide a close game. I know many so-called experts are saying this will be an easy win for the Badgers but I don't think that will be the case. '

I think Wisconsin will wind up winnnig but believe UNI will hold it close until the fourth quarter. I will take Wisconsin by 17 but believe UNI will be within a score after three quarters.

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  1. Kent's Avatar
    White gets one on a sweep but good persuit by UNI on that play.

    TE Pederson gets a short reception on 2nd down for a four yard gain.

    3rd & 5 at the 30--screen pass is blown up to Doe--Three yard loss and a three and out from the UW 27.

    The punt is not great and is downed at the UNI 38. We have 9:16 left in the game.

    UNI is right back in this thing.
  2. Kent's Avatar
    Kollmorgen just overthrows Sinkfield on the first play, who was open on a deep post pattern.

    Kollmorgen hits LeMaster on the next play for 20 yards to the UW 42. 8:40 to go.
  3. Kent's Avatar
    Wisconsin's line tips the screen pass attempt and falls incomplete.

    The second down play is a deep throw that isn't close to anyone.

    Big play here on 3rd & 10 and the crowd gets up for the first time all game, I believe.

    Sinkfield gets a short completion for just three.

    4th & 7 from the UW 39. UNI calls its second timeout to figure out what to do on this.

    We have 7:56 left in the ball game.
  4. Kent's Avatar
    UNI will go for it being down by 12.
  5. Kent's Avatar
    What a catch by Owens on the sideline to keep the UNI drive going.

    1st & 10 at the UW 31.

    Johnson on basically the same play that he scored previously scores again from 31 yards out on the next play.

    PAT is good.

    Wisconsin 26 UNI 21. 7:24 left in the game.
  6. Kent's Avatar
    Wow, we have a game. UNI found a weakness with that play.
  7. Kent's Avatar
    UNI KO goes for a touchback. UW ball at their own 25.
  8. Kent's Avatar
    Ball for nothing. The UW coaches in the press box are not liking what they see and pounding their hands on the press box table.
  9. Kent's Avatar
    Six yard completion for UW.

    3rd & 4 for UW. Big play here.
  10. Kent's Avatar
    Big rush by the Panther D.

    O'Brien scrables but gets just two. 4th & 2 and a Badger punt.

    UNI' Anderson returns for nothing and will start at their own 25. 5:17 left in the game. Can you say upset brewing?
  11. Kent's Avatar
    Long pass attempt to Sinkfield goes too long.

    2nd & 10 pass is on a hook pattern goes away/

    3rd down play is caught by LeMasters for a first down to the UNI 37.
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    One of very few fouls called on a false start for UNI. 1st& 15 from the 32.

    Kollmorgen pass goes too high for Wes Smith.
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    Sinkfield with an 18 yard diving catch at midfield--can I saw what a catch on that one.

    1 & 10 at the 50. Anderson gets tackled in the backfield--penalty for illegal motion is declined.

    2 & 13 pass goes too high for Sinkfield on the sideline.

    3rd & 13 from the UNI 47 with 3:335 left.
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    Kevin Vereen Jr. makes the catch for 12.

    It is 4th & 1 from the UW 41. Kollmorgen's pass is tipped. UW takes over on downs.

    We have 2:46 left in the game.
  15. Kent's Avatar
    Ball with a big 13 yard gain on the first play after the turnover on downs.
  16. Kent's Avatar
    UW ball at the UNI 46 with a first down. UNI has just the one Time Out left.

    Ball gets five on the next play. 1:40 and counting on the clock.
  17. Kent's Avatar
    Ball gets just one to set up a third and 4 from the UNI 40.

    Ball gets five and this game is over now with 28 seconds and counting left.
  18. Kent's Avatar
    UNI doesn't use their last timeout and UW lets the clock run out.

    FINAL Wisconsin 26 Northern Iowa 21

    Close but the Panthers just couldn't come up with the big 4th down play. But I think we can state that UNI will be in the running in the MVFC this year.
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