UNI won its Gateway Conference showdown against Southern Illinois as the Panthers hung on for a 30-24 win. Panther coach Mark Farley says the number one thing is that held them to 70 yards rushing, and put them into things they didn’t want to do. Farley says they were also able to run the ball and control the clock when he thought his team would have to throw it.

It was a good thing the Panthers had two weeks to prepare. It gave quarterback Eric Sanders time to heal from a shoulder injury. Sanders says he was worried Monday he wouldn’t be able to play, but as the week went on, he got better. Sanders says he was happy to be able to have the off week to get ready.

The Panthers visit Western Illinois this weekend.