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Northern Iowa advances with 29-17 win over Portland State

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By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Quarterback Aaron Bailey rushed for 200 yards, including touchdowns from 61 and 69 yards out, and Northern Iowa beat the Portland State Vikings 29-17 in a second-round FCS playoff game on Saturday night.

Tyvis Smith rushed for 207 yards and two more scores in a steady rain for the Panthers' seventh straight victory.

Northern Iowa (9-4) will go on to face the four-time FCS champions North Dakota State in the quarterfinals. The Bison defeated Montana 37-6 earlier in the day, scoring on two interception returns and a 100-yard kickoff return.

Portland State (9-3), which had a first-round bye as the sixth seed, could not get its distinctive offense going and fell behind 16-3 after the first half.

Alex Kuresa threw for 105 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings, who were making the program's second trip to the playoffs.

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