By Chris Palmquist
Ames, IA—For just the fifth time ever, Northern Iowa beat Iowa State Saturday night, 28-20.
The Cyclone defense struggled against the FCS Panthers, specifically David Johnson.
The Clinton, IA-native scorched Iowa State for 199 yards rushing, 41 yards receiving, and four total touchdowns. Johnson's night left many of the sellout-crowd of 56,800 in silence.
For the Cyclones, Sam Richardson had a decent night in his first season-opener as starting quarterback. The sophomore completed 22 of 32 passing attempts for 242 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 74 yards with his feet, leading the Cyclones in that statistic as well.
After the game, Iowa State Head Coach Paul Rhoads talked about the importance of every game and getting ready for the Cyclones' next game against Iowa.
"Every game is important. That's why when I'm asked the significance of this game over that game, there is none," Rhoads said. "Every game is extremely important. Right now, we're one in the hole and we'll worry about the next one and try to get a victory in it."
Iowa State is on a bye next week. They face off against the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Cy-Hawk Trophy on September 14 at 5 PM at Jack Trice Stadium. That game can be seen on Fox Sports 1.