CEDAR FALLS — David Johnson had another big day for Northern Iowa, but the Panthers suffered their third consecutive setback in Missouri Valley Conference football.
Johnson, a junior from Clinton, led the Panthers (4-3, 0-3 MVC) with 181 yards rushing and a touchdown in a 38-31 overtime loss to South Dakota in the UNI-Dome.
Kevin Earl’s 1-yard overtime plunge capped a huge day, as he ran for two touchdowns and threw for 370 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Coyotes (4-3, 3-1) back from a 21-point third-quarter deficit to tie the game with 5 seconds in regulation.
Northern Iowa (4-3, 0-3) scored three consecutive touchdowns in the second and third quarters to put the Panthers up 28-7 late in the third.
But South Dakota stormed back as Earl completed a 43-yard touchdown pass to Riley Donovan, then ran 8 yards for a score, before leading the seven-play, 58-yard game tying drive, which ended in a 3-yard scoring strike to Terrance Terry as time wound down.
Evan Williams had two rushing touchdowns for UNI.