2008 Northern Iowa Panthers football team

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2008 Northern Iowa Panthers football
UNI wordmark.png
MVFC co-champion
Conference Missouri Valley Football Conference
Ranking
Sports Network No. 4[1]
FCS Coaches No. 4[2]
2008 record 12–3 (7–1 MVFC)
Head coach Mark Farley (8th year)
Co-offensive coordinator Bill Salmon
Co-offensive coordinator Mario Verduzco
Home stadium UNI-Dome (c. 16,324, astro-turf)
Seasons
← 2007
2009 →

The 2008 Northern Iowa Panthers football team represented the University of Northern Iowa in the 2008 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The previous year's team finished first (of nine) in the Gateway Football Conference. The Gateway Football Conference was renamed the Missouri Valley Football League in June 2008.[3] The team is coached by Mark Farley and play their home games in the UNI-Dome. On November 14, 2008 Northern Iowa won its first back-to-back conference championships since the 1995 and 1996 seasons. Northern Iowa was awarded the third seed in the 2008 FCS playoffs.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 5:00 pm at BYU* No. 3 LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT mtn L 17–41   64,108
September 6 4:05 pm South Dakota* No. 9 UNI-DomeCedar Falls, IA CFU W 24–13   12,904
September 20 4:05 pm No. 12 South Dakota State No. 8 UNI-Dome • Cedar Falls, IA CFU/Mediacom W 34–20   15,136
September 27 6:00 pm at No. 15 Southern Illinois No. 5 McAndrew StadiumCarbondale, IL Mediacom L 24–27   14,427
October 2 6:35 pm Nicholls State* No. 10 UNI-Dome • Cedar Falls, IA ESPNU W 34–14   9,028
October 11 4:05 pm Illinois Statedagger No. 10 UNI-Dome • Cedar Falls, IA CFU/Mediacom W 31–17   16,100
October 18 4:05 pm No. 20 North Dakota State No. 6 UNI-Dome • Cedar Falls, IA KFXA/Missouri Valley FB TV W 23–13   13,416
October 25 3:00 pm at Youngstown State No. 5 Stambaugh StadiumYoungstown, OH W 21–20   15,937
November 1 12:05 pm at No. 14 Western Illinois No. 5 Hanson FieldMacomb, IL W 30–6   10,258
November 8 4:05 pm Missouri State No. 4 UNI-Dome • Cedar Falls, IA CFU/Mediacom W 42–0   13,426
November 15 11:00 am at Indiana State No. 4 Memorial StadiumTerre Haute, IN W 28–0   2,381
November 22 2:00 pm at Southern Utah* No. 4 Eccles ColiseumCedar City, UT W 34–24   3,145
November 29 4:05 pm No. 21 Maine* No. 4 UNI-Dome • Cedar Falls, IA W 40–15   8,477
December 6 6:00 pm No. 10 New Hampshire* No. 4 UNI-Dome • Cedar Falls, IA ESPN360 W 36–34   9,055
December 13 3:00 pm No. 7 Richmond* No. 4 UNI-Dome • Cedar Falls, IA ESPN L 20–21   12,062
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network at time of game. All times are in Central Time.

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Year at
Northern Iowa
Alma Mater (Year)
Mark Farley Head Coach 8th Northern Iowa (1987)
Rick Nelson Recruiting Coordinator
Offensive Line
9th Northern Iowa (1984)
Bill Salmon Associate Head Coach
Offensive Coordinator
Receivers
8th Northern Iowa (1980)
Mario Verduzco Co-Offensive Coordinator
Quarterbacks
8th San José State (1988)
Atif Austin Running Backs 4th Iowa State (2003)
Scott Frost Co-Defensive Coordinator
Linebackers
2nd Nebraska (1997)
Chris Klieman Co-Defensive Coordinator
Secondary
3rd Northern Iowa (1990)
Jerry Montgomery Defensive Line 3rd Iowa (2001)
Erik Chinander Tight Ends 5th Iowa (2003)
Bill Wilt Defensive Line 1st Eureka College (1977)

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Final
The Sports Network 3 9 9 8 5 10 10 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 4
FCS Coaches 4 5 8 7 5 10 8 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

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