FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Quincy Patterson passed for two touchdowns and rushed for two more as North Dakota State powered past Northern Iowa 34-20 in a showdown of Missouri Valley Football Conference powers on Saturday.
Leading 13-10 at halftime, Patterson stretched the Bison lead with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns. He scored on a keeper from the 4 and later rolled out for a 3-yard toss to Noah Gindorff as North Dakota State (5-0. 2-0) pushed its lead to 27-10.
Christian Watson had 163 yards on five catches for the Bison, including an 85-yarder from Patterson for the first touchdown of the game — a one-play drive.
The Bison, ranked No. 5 in the FCS coaches poll, jumped out to a 10-0 lead before Northern Iowa (3-2, 1-1), ranked No. 12, fought into a 10-10 with three minutes left in the first half.