UNI Quarterback Pat Grace was named co-Missouri Valley offensive player of the week after nearly leading the upset over Iowa in their season-opener in Iowa City. Grace, a senior from Sioux City, passed for 270 yards and a touchdown against Iowa, and led the team on what would have been a game-winning drive had Iowa not blocked two field goal attempts.
The one point loss caused UNI to drop one spot from fourth to fifth in the new FCS poll. Richmond remains on top of the poll, followed by Applachian State, Villanova and Montana.
Drake senior punter/place kicker Brandon Wubs is the Pioneer Football League special teams player of the week following Drake’s season opening 22-0 win over Grandview. Wubs hit three field goals in the game and also averaged 44.5 yards on his punts. His longest punt was 51 yards and field was 37.
Central College in Pella moved into the Division Three football rankings after a 40-17 win over Lakeland College of Wisconsin Saturday. Central had been just out of the top 25 in the preseason poll, but is not at number 25. Wartburg was 17th in the preseason poll, but dropped out after loosing Saturday.