CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Over the course of history, Youngstown State has not had it's luck playing UNI at their home field. In their last 12 meetings, the Penguins entered Saturday's game against the Panthers with a 1-11 record at the UNI-Dome.
After Saturday's game, make it 1-12.
With the Penguins leading at halftime, UNI rallied in the second half, finished by a Tyler Sievertsen 34-yard field goal as time expired to lift Northern Iowa past Youngstown State and cap a 16-point fourth-quarter comeback, 22-20.
"I take responsibility for our football team," YSU coach Eric Wolford said following the loss. "At the end of the day, I have to do a better job of coaching them.
"Anytime you have nine penalties in a game, and you are the least penalized team in the league, obviously you weren't ready to play."
The Panthers (5-5, 1-5 Missouri Valley) trailed 14-3 at intermission and 14-6 after three quarters, but Brion Carnes brought the team back with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Chad Owens 3 minutes apart that put UNI ahead, 19-14, with under 10 minutes left to play.
Kurt Hess engineered a 13-play, 78-yard drive that put the Penguins (8-1, 5-1 Missouri Valley) back in the lead, 20-19, with 4:41 left, but a two-point conversion attempt fell incomplete.
Carnes matched Hess, spearheading a 56-yard, 15-play drive that reached the Youngstown State 17.
Hess was 15 of 22 for 207 yards and a touchdown, and carried seven times for 20 yards and two touchdowns.