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Rhoads says Panthers "knew our offense and defense"

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Paul Rhoads addresses the media following Saturday's loss. Paul Rhoads addresses the media following Saturday's loss.

Northern Iowa was one of seven FCS squads to knock off an FBS opponent over the weekend, topping Iowa State 28-20.

The Panthers are no spring chicken, and Head Coach Paul Rhoads knew they would provide the Cyclones some fits.

Northern Iowa out muscled the Cyclones gaining more than 450 yards of total offense racking up 23 first downs along the way.

Thanks in large part to National FCS Running Back of the Week David Johnson, UNI averaged nearly seven yards per carry.  Johnson ran for 199 yards.

The Panther defense held the Cyclones in check getting to the quarterback a little more often (5 sacks) than Iowa State (1 sack) did.

"They had an outstanding game plan on both sides of the ball," Head Coach Paul Rhoads said.  "Thoroughly knew our offense and defense and took advantage with great execution of all those holes and weaknesses."

With that victory, Northern Iowa vaulted eight spots in the new FCS top 25 poll going from No. 17 to No. 9 in the nation.

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