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Walk-On Weisman Propels Iowa Past UNI in Iowa City

The Iowa Hawkeyes held on to beat the Northern Iowa Panthers 27-16 at Kinnick Stadium.

The Iowa Hawkeyes retained at least some state bragging rights with a win over Northern Iowa on Saturday in Iowa City behind the efforts of an unlikely hero.

Iowa defeated the Panthers 27-16 a week after losing to the Iowa State Cyclones, also at Kinnick Stadium. With the win, Iowa improves its record to 2-1, while UNI falls to 1-2, although both losses come against FBS teams.

The game wasn't quite as dramatic as the nail biter in 2009 when the Hawkeyes narrowly avoided a major upset by blocking two field goals in a row in the closing seconds to hang for a 17-16 win.

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After Damon Bullock and Greg Garmon went out with injuries - a seemingly endless stream of injuries or departures at the running back position - Mark Weisman, a 235-pound powerhouse back up, picked up the slack.

The walk-on ran the ball 24 times for 113 yards and three touchdowns.

The Panthers started the game strong, marching down the field for a touchdown on the first drive of the game. Panthers quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen passed for 245 yards passing and an interception.

Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg threw for a workman like 228 yards on 18 for 28 passing.

Next up, Iowa stays home to play Central Michigan next Saturday, while the Panthers travel to Youngstown State in Ohio.

Maria Houser Conzemius September 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Mark Weisman played extremely well! He was exciting to watch.

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