FCS Playoffs 2011, Round 2: Northern Iowa Advances To Quarterfinals

The six-week 2011 FCS Playoff kicks off on Saturday with a set of first round games that will determine which teams get to play the top four seeds in the tournament.

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Northern Iowa Vs. Wofford Score Update: Panthers Earn 28-21 Victory

Northern Iowa's 28-21 victory over Wofford was everything that a college football playoff game should be. The Panthers took advantage of three Wofford turnovers, as well as two Tirrell Rennie TD passes to advance to the Quarterfinal round of the 2011 NCAA Division I Football Championship.

Wofford, which came into the game as the leading rushing team in the country, put together a typically dominant performance on the ground. Mitch Allen rushed for 156 yards, while Eric Breitenstein added 131 yards and 3 TD's on the ground. However, the Terriers lost three fumbles over the course of the game, including a stunning miscue in the fourth quarter.

After the Panthers took a 21-14 lead thanks to a TD run by David Johnson, Wofford fumbled the ensuing kickoff in the end zone. The Panthers managed to recover the fumble, which extended the lead to 28-14. Although Wofford was able to narrow the deficit with two minutes remaining, the Panthers held on for their first playoff win since 2008.

Northern Iowa will face Montana in the next round of the playoffs, as the Grizzlies earned a convincing 41-14 home win over Central Arkansas.

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FCS Playoffs, 2011: Northern Iowa Vs. Wofford Game Time, TV Schedule, Streaming And More

Northern Iowa will look to continue its great season when it hosts Wofford in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Division I Football Championship. The Panthers enter this game ranked No. 2 in the nation, but seeded No. 5 in the playoff bracket. UNI will be hoping to advance in the playoffs for the first time since 2008. 

The Panthers made their mark as a defensive team this season, led by the 2011 Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year L.J. Fort. Fort racked up 151 tackles in 11 games this season, which is good for the fourth highest single-season total in UNI history. On the offensive end, the Panthers do an excellent job keeping control of the ball, as they only threw three interceptions all season.

Wofford enters the game as the No. 12 seed and finished in second place in the Southern Conference. The Terriers are making their second straight appearance in the playoffs and are coming off an 8-3 regular season. Should Northern Iowa pick up the win, it would mark the first victory over a Southern Conference school in program history.

 

Game Time, Date: 4:05 p.m., CT, Saturday, Dec. 3

Location: UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls, Iowa

TV & Streaming: ESPN Gameplan, ESPN3

Series History: First Meeting

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FCS Playoffs 2011, First Round Preview: Schedule And Bracket Information

The six-week 2011 FCS Playoff kicks off on Saturday with a set of first round games that will determine which teams get to play the top four seeds in the tournament.

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