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November 29, 2018 Errthum makes ‘the difference’ in playoff win
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Austin Errthum hit all three of his field-goal attempts from 21, 44 and 35 yards on Saturday in a 16-13 win for Northern over Lamar in the first round of the FCS playoffs.

“It was the difference in this game, their kicker versus our kicker,” UNI head coach Mark Farley said after the game.

His efforts were a stark contrast to the kicking game for Lamar, who missed their final two field-goal attempts of the day including a game-tying kick with 2:50 left in the fourth quarter.

UNI was awarded an at-large spot in the playoffs at 6-5 and took down another at-large contender in Lamar.

Lamar took a 13-3 lead midway through the first quarter on their second touchdown of the day, but wouldn’t score again in large part due to four turnovers on the day including one interception and three lost fumbles.

The Panthers rushed for 239 yards and nearly 4.8 yards per attempt, but were just 6-16 on third downs, forcing Errthum into action three times.

Errthum, a Mid-Prairie alum, had 10 points total on the three field goals and added an extra point on Northern Iowa’s lone touchdown.

In a press conference after the game, Errthum said every time the team crosses the 50-yard line he starts to mentally prepare himself.

“I just go into every game thinking that I’m going to have an opportunity. Once we cross the 50 I’m thinking about going in and have to make sure I’m ready,” he said. “Once I hit the first one it gets easier, so I just have to mentally prepare.”

The field goals pushed Errthum to 21-24 on the season and gave him a perfect November with his last missed kick on Oct. 27. A Panthers’ press release noted that he kicked 12 consecutive touchbacks before the final kickoff of the game against Lamar.

Errthum was an All-State athlete at Mid-Prairie and played soccer at Drake University his freshman season before walking on to the Northern Iowa football team the year after.

The Panthers will now travel to face sixth-seeded UC Davis on Saturday. UC Davis was co-champions of the Big Sky Conference and have a 9-2 record.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 through their app.

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