- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Sawyer Kollmorgen and Brion Carnes each threw touchdown passes as Northern Iowa beat South Dakota 27-16 Saturday.

South Dakota (2-4, 0-2 Missouri Valley) opened the game with an 11-play, 76-yard drive which culminated when Trevor Bouma scored on a 17-yard run. He finished with 70 yards on 14 carries.

Northern Iowa (3-3, 1-1), however, would score 17-straight points, including Carnes’ 28-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Vereen, Jr., and lead the rest of the way.

Northern Iowa had seven sacks, including three by Brett McMakin, keeping Kevin Earl, who was injured South Dakota’s season opener against Oregon, on the run most of the game.

“Seven sacks. We had no sacks. Therein lies the difference,” South Dakota coach Joe Glenn said. “Their defensive front was too much for us. We weren’t able to run the ball with any consistency or protect the quarterback with any consistency.

“That defensive line we were going against is the best we’ve seen at our level.”

Earl completed 17 of 29 passes for 260 yards, including a 25-yard TD pass to Brandt Van Roekel to cap a 99-yard scoring drive, in his return. He also threw two interceptions.

Carnes added 55 yards on nine carries.

“I don’t think (Kollmorgen or Carnes) was special, but maybe they did keep us off balance a little bit,” Glenn said.

Eric Shufford had seven catches for 75 yards and Aaron Ramsey added three catches for 73 for South Dakota.

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