Northern Iowa Spoils Matt Campbell’s Cyclone Coaching Debut With 25-20 Win

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AMES, Iowa — The new era of Cyclone football under head coach Matt Campbell is off to a rough start.

Iowa State fell to Northern Iowa by a score of 25-20 on Saturday night in front of a sold-out Jack Trice Stadium. A 1-yard touchdown run by Panther running back J’Veyon Browning with 2:49 left in the game proved to be the difference, in addition to three Cyclone turnovers in the fourth quarter.

Along with Northern Iowa’s defensive playmaking late, quarterback Aaron Bailey led the way for the Panthers. Bailey flashed the elusiveness the Cyclones were worried about containing throughout the game and finished with 249 total yards and two total touchdowns.

Iowa State quarterback Joel Lanning finished with 259 yards and three touchdowns but threw two costly interceptions down the stretch.

Cyclone running back Mike Warren, who fumbled in the fourth quarter as his team tried to answer Browning’s score, struggled to gain traction Saturday night and the Panthers outgained Iowa State 232-51 in total rushing yards.

Early on in the fourth quarter, Iowa State initially took a 20-19 advantage when Lanning found Allen Lazard for an athletic 33-yard touchdown reception. The Cyclones looked to be in good standing following the score when they had the lead and the ball with 6:12 left in the game but Northern Iowa’s Charles Brown stepped up with a game-changing interception.

It was all Northern Iowa from that point as they turned the turnover into points with the Browning touchdown, silencing the Cyclone crowd. Iowa State’s final drive ended after one play when Lanning threw another pick to effectively end game.

With the win, Northern Iowa head coach Mark Farley recorded his 130th career victory, which surpasses Stan Sheriff for the school record.


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