South Dakota will try to keep Northern Iowa winless in conference play when they meet Saturday.
VERMILLION, SD (KTIV) -
Not many people who follow the Missouri Valley Football Conference thought that South Dakota would have more league wins than Northern Iowa when they meet on Saturday, but they do.
The Coyotes, who went winless in the conference last season, are 2-1 in the Valley while the Panthers are 0-2.
USD has won their last two Valley games over Missouri State and Indiana State by identical 17-14 scores. The 'Yotes are doing it with defense, ranking 11th in the FCS in scoring defense.
The Panthers are still ranked 11th in the country, but lost to #1 NDSU by a point and to Southern Illinois in overtime. Points might be hard to come by for both teams on Saturday.
"I think a big reason why they're is because of their defense right now because they've done some things differently and they're really created some turnovers and great field position for their offense," said UNI head coach Mark Farley.
"They'll be fighting to get back on their game and get back in the winner's column and we're going to be fighting hard to establish a little bit more momentum and play a little bit better," said USD head coach Joe Glenn. "I still don't think we've played near where we can play."
UNI won last year's matchup at USD 24-21. Game time is 4 o'clock Saturday in the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
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