College football: South Dakota State edges UNI in spring opener

In a slugfest between Missouri Valley Football Conference heavyweights, the fifth-ranked Jackrabbits landed a late one-two combo to stun the No.

But the night grew downright painful in the closing minutes after UNI had seemed to find its groove.

Thanks to a fumble recovery by Benny Sapp III on SDSU's 19-yard line, which was soon followed by a Will McElvain-to-Tysen Kershaw touchdown pass, UNI grabbed a 20-17 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Then, after the Panthers stuffed SDSU twice at the goal line, Gronowski took the snap with 24 seconds left and no timeouts remaining, rolled out and lobbed the ball over the rush to running back Pierre Strong Jr. in the right flat for the go-ahead score.

The defense got stingy and allowed SDSU only 8 yards total through its first five drives of the second half, but that simply set the stage for the Jackrabbits' final flurry.

Worse yet, another standout receive, Quan Hampton, left in the third quarter with an apparent head injury after getting flipped on an attempted catch.

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