IOWA CITY, Ia. – The hair still remaining on the head of Northern Iowa football coach Mark Farley found itself in jeopardy Saturday.
The Panthers held a stunning 15-0 lead in penalties before Iowa was flagged for its first with 12 minutes, 35 seconds to play in 31-23 loss at Kinnick Stadium.
Northern Iowa finished with 16 penalties, a full dozen more than the Hawkeyes. It was enough to cause Farley to yank out the rest of his follicles – roots and all.
“We did not peak here today,” Farley said. “You saw all the errors we made.”
The penalty parade slowed the Panthers and salvaged drives for the Hawkeyes, including a holding call that erased a 9-yard touchdown run by Darrian Miller in the first quarter.
Northern Iowa settled for a field goal, leaving a possible four points in the stat-sheet haze.
“We can’t have that many penalties,” Panther quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen said. “We’ve got to clean that up.”
Some calls felt open to interpretation, as with most games, but Northern Iowa clearly unraveled in that phase down the stretch.
The Panthers suffered two delay of game penalties in a matter of seconds on one drive, an unsportsmanlike conduct call after recovering a fumble – and even were hit with a delay call before a kickoff.
When asked if the amount of penalties affected the outcome, Northern Iowa linebacker Max Busher (4 tackles, a sack and fumble recovery) responded without hesitation.
“Definitely,” he said.
Mental miscues stretched beyond penalties, as well.
The Panthers broke down on special teams during the opening kickoff, allowing Iowa’s Mark Weisman a 50-yard return.
Three plays later, defensive back Deiondre’ Hall was slapped with a pass interference penalty. LeShun Daniels ran for a score on the next play.
“That shouldn’t happen,” Farley said. “That’s a free 7 points we gave them,” Farley said.
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