UNI's Johnson runs wild in victory over Iowa State
By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
David Johnson tied a school record with four touchdowns against Iowa State.
AMES, Iowa (KTIV) -
Little brother always wants to beat big brother. Northern Iowa did just that, joining the list of FCS teams to knock off an FBS squad during college football's opening weekend with a 28-20 victory over Iowa State.
Junior running back David Johnson rushed for a career high 199 yards and two touchdowns and had another two scores through the air in Northern Iowa's upset victory.
In total, Johnson combined for 240 of the Panthers 457 yards of offense, earning him Missouri Valley Football Conference Player of the Week honors as well.
It's the first season opening loss for ISU under Paul Rhoads, and is Panther Head Coach Mark Farley's third win over an FBS school.
"(David Johnson) is a great player," ISU Head Coach Paul Rhoads said. "He's a Big 12 talented back. There's no question about that. He's got the size, the strength and the speed."
"It's momentum. We're a force to be reckoned with," Johnson said after the win. "We got a good team this year and I can't wait for the next game."
"Great team win for us," Sawyer Kollmorgen added. "Especially it being an in state rivalry, you got to love it. We've been reading stuff, Cyclone nation, stuff like that calling us the little sister. Well, we proved tonight we're not the little sister."
Iowa State has a week off before battling Iowa in the Cy-Hawk Series on Sept. 14.
The Panthers play Drake next Saturday.
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