- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Lance Dunn ran for 118 yards and North Dakota State forced four interceptions to beat Northern Iowa 24-20 on Saturday night in a rematch of last season’s Football Championship Series quarterfinals.

Chase Morlock and King Frazier added short-yardage touchdown runs, and Easton Stick threw a 31-yard scoring strike to Jeff Illies for North Dakota State (7-1, 4-1). The Bison, which beat the Panthers 23-13 in the playoffs last season, are tied with Youngstown State and South Dakota State atop the Missouri Valley Conference.

Eli Dunne threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Briley Moore to pull Northern Iowa (3-5, 2-3) to 24-20 early in the fourth quarter. The Panthers later drove to the Bison 22, but the drive stalled when Matt Plank picked off Dunne’s tipped pass with 3:19 remaining.

The Bison had just one first down on their next series before punting to the Panthers 23-yard line with 11 second left, but Dunne threw his fourth interception deep down field on the next play to end it.

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