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Hannibal alum Mat Sims kicks NIU past Iowa in upset stunner

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(AP Photo) Former Hannibal Pirate Mat Sims kicking the game winning field for in NIU's 30-27 win at Iowa. (AP Photo) Former Hannibal Pirate Mat Sims kicking the game winning field for in NIU's 30-27 win at Iowa.

 

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Mathew Sims hit a 36-yard field goal with four seconds left and Northern Illinois rallied to beat Iowa 30-27 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

Jordan Lynch threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns for the Huskies, who scored 10 points in the final 5:05 to record their first win over the Hawkeyes.

Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward intercepted Iowa's Jake Rudock with 1:17 left. He brought it to the Hawkeyes 30-yard line, setting up the game-winning kick from Sims.

Rudock threw for 256 yards, a touchdown and two picks in his debut for Iowa, which lost its seventh straight game dating back to last season.

The Hawkeyes also lost their first opener since 2000.

AP-WF-09-01-13 0115GMT

 

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