The UNI Panthers will try to stay unbeaten in the Missouri Valley football race this weekend with a visit to South Dakota State on Saturday. The Panthers are 3-0 in the Valley while South Dakota State is 1-2 after a victory at Youngstown State.

UNI coach Mark Farley says South Dakota State is very successful at home and they create a good atmosphere for their team. He says experience is a big part of their success as they have a better understanding of the offense and defense and that leads to a better communication in practice and on the field.

Farley says the Panthers may get running back Carlos Anderson back for this weekend. Anderson has been struggling with a high ankle sprain. He says they hope to be able to see where he is at if he can hold up.

South Dakota state coach John Stiegelmeier says this will be a tough assignment for his team. He says the Panthers are a good team with great tradition and experience.

Stiegelmeier says UNI quarterback Terrell Rennie is more of a dual threat this year as he has gotten a lot better in passing the football and that means they can’t line up just to stop the run.