Northern Iowa holds on to defeat Wofford
Cedar Falls, IA (Sports Network) - Tirrell Rennie threw a pair of touchdown passes and added 95 yards on the ground, as Northern Iowa held on for a 28-21 victory over Wofford in the second round of the FCS playoffs Saturday.
Rennie completed 7-of-12 passes for 67 yards. He hit Jarred Herring four times for 54 yards and two scores for the Panthers (10-2), who will meet Montana in the quarterfinals.
Eric Breitenstein ran for 131 yards and three touchdowns for the Terriers (8-4), while Mitch Allen added 156 rushing yards on 28 carries.
Allen also completed 3-of-8 passes for 21 yards, but was sacked on 4th-and-9 with under a minute remaining, cutting short the Terriers' comeback bid.
UNI opened the scoring on its opening drive with Rennie's 23-yard touchdown pass to Herring, but the Terriers answered with a methodical 16-play, 81-yard march.
Breitenstein carried the ball seven times during the drive and crossed the goal line from three yards out to tie the score.
In the second quarter, Breitenstein reeled off a 46-yard touchdown run to give Wofford a 14-7 lead at the half.
Northern Iowa, though, grabbed control after the break with 21 straight points.
Late in the third, the Panthers converted a Wofford fumble into Herring's game-tying, seven-yard touchdown reception.
The Terriers then moved to the UNI 31, but the drive stalled on 4th-and-4. On the other end, a roughing the kicker penalty on a Tyler Sieversten field goal attempt extended the Panthers' drive. Two plays later, David Johnson's one- yard touchdown plunge put UNI on top, 21-14.
The woes continued for Wofford, as Stephon Shelton fumbled away the ensuing kickoff and Phil Wright recovered the loose ball in the end zone for a 28-14 Panthers lead.
Later in the fourth quarter, the Terriers' made it 28-21 with an 88-yard march, capped by Breitenstein's three-yard scoring run.
Sieversten then had a chance to put the game away, but missed a 47-yard field goal, giving Wofford the ball at its own 29 with 53 second left.
Allen rushed for a short gain, was incomplete on a pair of passes and was brought down in the backfield by August Hadenfeldt, sealing the final result.
12/03 21:12:46 ET