CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – It was supposed to be a night to celebrate the seniors, but sophomore running back David Johnson reminded everyone how bright the future could be at the University of Northern Iowa. Johnson rushed for 116 yards, caught 2 passes for 12 yards, and threw a touchdown pass – all in only three quarters of play – in UNI’s 38-13 rout of Missouri State.
Johnson put the first points on the board with a 77-yard touchdown run on the Panthers’ first offensive play from scrimmage. Two drives later, Johnson took a pitch to the right side out of the backfield and fired a 36-yard strike to a wide open Brett LeMaster to extend the UNI lead to 17 points.
“He hasn’t even scratched the surface,” UNI head coach Mark Farley said after the game. “He’s got size, he’s got speed and he’s just having fun. It’ll be exciting to see how he grows because he’s going to be a bigger, faster, stronger man next year than he was this year.”
Terrell Sinkfield and Carlos Anderson both celebrated their final games as Panthers with touchdown catches. With his 168 all-purpose yards, Anderson finished his career with 5,166 total yards, just seven yards short of the all-time record set by Kenny Shedd. Anderson returned the last kickoff, and play, of the game 59 yards in a final attempt to break the record.
“Carlos has been a great player for us,” Farley said. “I wish we could’ve gotten him his seven, but he’s running with some good company.”
Quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen finished his freshman season with 2,460 yards through the air, 22 total touchdowns and eight interceptions.
The Panthers finish the year with a 5-6 record and keep MSU coach Terry Allen winless against his alma mater.
“That’s the ultimate goal when we come up here, but before we beat (UNI) we’ve got to compete with them,” Allen said.