- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Aaron Bailey threw a touchdown pass and ran for another to lead Northern Iowa to a 20-7 victory over South Dakota on Saturday.

Bailey was 16-of-27 passing for 231 yards with 44 yards rushing to lead the Panthers (4-4, 2-3 Missouri Valley), who have won consecutive games since snapping a three-game losing skid.

The Coyotes (4-4, 2-3) had just 187 yards of offense with two fumbles and an interception.

“They were too much for us,” South Dakota coach Joe Glenn said. “We’ve run on everybody, including North Dakota State, but these guys had us.”

Michael Fredrick led the Coyotes in rushing with 50 yards on 25 carries. Ryan Saeger was 11-of-21 for 133 yards passing with a touchdown.

Defenses dominated until South Dakota opened the scoring with 1:25 left in the first quarter. Saeger threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Brandt Van Roekel to cap a 13-play, 81-yard drive that took six minutes for the Coyotes lone score. Van Roekel had six catches for 89 yards.

Bailey threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Braden Lehman with 7:31 left in the first half. He scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to give the Panthers a 14-7 halftime lead.

Michael Schmadeke kicked a 48-yard field goal early in the third quarter. Deiondre Hall’s interception led to a 50-yard Schmadeke field goal midway through the third quarter to cap the scoring.

USD was pinned inside its own 5-yard line twice in the fourth quarter following punts from Sam Kuhter.

“We didn’t get much going all day long,” said Glenn, who was denied his 200th win. “Our bread and butter stuff they took away from us. They’ve got a tough defense.”

The Northern Iowa offense did just enough, with Savon Huggins leading the Panthers with 66 yards rushing on nine carries.

Four receivers had three catches: Braden Lehman for 45 yards; Darrin Miller for 42 yards; and Charles Brown and Michael Malloy 40 yards apiece.

It was Northern Iowa’s second straight win over a South Dakota team. It beat No. 6 South Dakota State last week.

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