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UNI’s Kollmorgen off to strong start
Northern Iowa quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen is throwing from experience this season, Panthers coach Mark Farley said during Tuesday’s Missouri Valley Football Conference coaches teleconference.
Kollmorgen, last year’s MVFC Newcomer and Freshman of the Year, hasn’t been picked off in 96 attempts this year. With 875 yards and eight touchdowns in his first four games of the season, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound sophomore is one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the country. His 173.85 rating this season is fourth nationally. His career efficiency rating of 149.39 is just behind San Diego’s Mason Mills in the Football Championship Subdivision.
“He’s in a great comfort zone right now because he knows our offense, knows our coaches, knows our receivers,” Farley said. “The first time around you’re just trying to do your own job and see where you fit in, see what you’re supposed to see. Now he’s at the level where he can have those relationships that make a great quarterback. Not just the knowledge, but the relationships are important, as well, whether it’s your quarterbacks coach, your offensive coordinator or your receivers.”
The fourth-ranked Panthers (4-0) take on top-ranked North Dakota State (4-0, 1-0 MVFC) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Fargo, N.D. The game at the Fargodome will match two of the top-three scoring defenses in the country, as North Dakota State is first at 7.8 points per game allowed and UNI is third (11.8). It will also match two of the hottest teams in the country dating back to last season. The two-time defending national champion Bison have won 13 straight games, while UNI has won seven straight.
Bears shut down Illinois State ground attack: Missouri State, which was winless heading into its league opener against No. 24 Illinois State, held the Redbirds to 46 rushing yards on 31 carries in their 37-10 victory Saturday.
The Bears’ 272-46 advantage on the ground helped them hold Illinois State to 214 yards of total offense, the lowest total they’ve allowed since SIU earned 198 in both teams’ conference opener last year. The Salukis won that game, 14-6.