GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Tommy Schuster passed for 275 yard and two touchdowns, Tyler Hoosman rushed for 101 yards and a score and North Dakota held off Northern Iowa 29-27 on Saturday for its 36th straight home-opening win.
Hoosman scored on a 6-yard run early in the fourth quarter and Schuster ran it in on the two-point conversion to give North Dakota a 22-13 lead. UNI scored four plays later, but Schuster led a five-play, 66-yard drive ending in his 6-yard TD run for another nine-point lead.
UNI needed just one play to go 72 yards when Theo Day found Deion McShane with 6:51 remaining in the fourth. Day escaped pressure and launched it over the middle to McShane in stride. North Dakota responded with a 12-play, 57-yard drive, highlighted by a 24-yard reception by Adam Zavalney on third-and-10, to run out the clock.
Schuster was 20-of-23 passing with an interception for North Dakota (1-1). Bo Belquist made five catches for 85 yards and a touchdown.
Day finished with 334 yards passing for Northern Iowa (0-2). Dom Williams had 103 yards rushing and two scores, and McShane made six catches for 157 yards and a score.
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