Updated: Sunday, 14 Oct 2012, 7:37 PM EDT
Published : Sunday, 14 Oct 2012, 7:37 PM EDT
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Indiana State's Johnny Towalid and Connor Underwood each garnered Missouri Valley Football Conference Player Of The Week honors for their exploits as part of the Sycamores' 17-14 victory over No. 1 North Dakota State at the Fargodome on October 13.
Towalid picked up MVFC Defensive Player Of The Week honors after he set a new school record with two interception returns for a touchdown against the Bison. Towalid staked the Sycamores to a 10-3 advantage in the second quarter with a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown and then gave the Sycamores a 17-6 advantage early in the fourth quarter with a 31-yard touchdown off his second interception of the contest.
His first interception broke a string of 141 consecutive passes for NDSU quarterback Brock Jensen without having one picked off. Towalid is the first Sycamore to ever record two interception returns for a touchdown in a single game and now has three for his career which ties the Sycamore school record also held by John Karazsia, which was set between 1970-72. Additionally, he tied Karazsia's record for interception returns for a touchdown in a season with two set in 1971.
Towalid also had six tackles in the game with a pass breakup and the two interceptions for 58 yards in returns.
Underwood has been named the MVFC Newcomer Of The Week following the North Dakota State game as well. Underwood continued his stellar initial campaign for the Sycamores with a career-high 10 tackle performance against the top ranked Bison.
He posted a pair of quarterback sacks in the contest (also a career-best), including one on the Bison's first play from scrimmage which pinned them back on their own one-yard line. He had five assisted and five solo tackles on the day and added another quarterback sack in the fourth quarter to halt the Bison's final drive of the contest.
Indiana State stays on the road this week in Missouri Valley Football Conference play when they travel to Western Illinois. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. (ET).
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