Northern Iowa Panthers football

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Northern Iowa Panthers
2016 Northern Iowa Panthers football team
UNI wordmark.png
First season 1895
Athletic director David Harris
Head coach Mark Farley
16th season, 134–67 (.667)
Stadium UNI-Dome
Seating capacity 16,324
Field surface Mondoturf
Location Cedar Falls, Iowa
Conference Missouri Valley Football
Past conferences Independent (1895–1922)
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1923–1934)
North Central Conference (1935–1977)
Association of Mid-Continent Universities (1978–1984)[1]
All-time record 625–389–47 (.611)
Bowl record 1–1 (.500)
Conference titles 33
Rivalries University of Iowa, Iowa State, North Dakota State, and Southern Illinois
Consensus All-Americans 1
Colors Purple and Old Gold[2]
         
Fight song "UNI Fight"
Mascot TC/TK Panther
Marching band "The Pride of Panther Nation"
Website unipanthers.com

The first year of Northern Iowa Panthers football was in 1895. They represent the University of Northern Iowa. They have fielded a football team every year since 1895 with the exceptions of 1906–1907 and 1943–1944. The Panthers currently compete in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level.

History[edit]

Classifications[edit]

  • 1937–1972: NCAA College Division
  • 1973–1980: NCAA Division II
  • 1981–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS

Conference memberships[edit]

UNI-Dome[edit]

The UNI-Dome opened in 1976, as the home of the UNI Panthers football team. The facility's capacity for football is 16,324.[3] At football games, where cold temperatures are frequently an issue for fans, the UNI-Dome announcers have a tradition during pre-game rituals. The announcers will announce the weather in the town where the visiting team is from, and then will say "The temperature in Cedar Falls, no wind, 72 degrees, Welcome to the UNI-DOME!" to emphasize the fact that a domed stadium is not affected as much by the weather. As of January 1, 2017, the Panthers have a home record of 203-54-1.

Championship & postseason history[edit]

Conference Championships[edit]

UNI's offense against the St. Francis Red Flash September 19, 2009

Northern Iowa has won thirty-three conference titles,[4] the most out of the four Iowa Division I institutions. The Panthers have won two Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships, twelve North Central Conference championships, three Association of Mid-Continent Universities football championships and sixteen Missouri Valley Football Conference championships.

Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record
1927 IIAC 7–0–1
1928 IIAC 5–1–3
1940 NCC 8–1–0
1941 NCC 5–3–0
1942 NCC 6–1–0
1946 NCC 4–1–2
1947 NCC 5–3–1
1948 NCC 7–3–0
1949 NCC 5–2–0
1952 NCC 6–2–0
1960 NCC 9–1–0
1961 NCC 7–2–0
1962 NCC 7–1–0
1964 NCC 9–2–0
1981 AMCU 5–6–0 2–1–0
1982 AMCU 4–6–1 2–0–1
1984 AMCU 9–2–0 2–1–0
1985 MVFC 11–2–0 5–0–0
1987 MVFC 10–4–0 6–0–0
1990 MVFC 8–4–0 5–1–0
1991 MVFC 11–2–0 5–1–0
1992 MVFC 12–2–0 5–1–0
1993 MVFC 8–4–0 5–1–0
1994 MVFC 8–4–0 6–0–0
1995 MVFC 8–5–0 5–1–0
1996 MVFC 12–2 5–0
2001 MVFC 11–3 6–1
2003 MVFC 10–3 6–1
2005 MVFC 11–4 5–2
2007 MVFC 12–1 6–0
2008 MVFC 12–3 7–1
2010 MVFC 7–5 6–2
2011 MVFC 10–3 7–1
33 Conference Championships

College Division bowl games[edit]

Northern Iowa Played in the NCAA's College Division from 1937–1972.[5] Twice in those years they qualified for a College Division Bowl Game.[6]

Season Game Record Opponent Score Result
1960 Mineral Water Bowl 9–1–0 Hillsdale College 6–17 Loss
1964 Pecan Bowl 9–2–0 Lamar (TX) 19–17 Win

FCS Regional Championship games[edit]

The Panthers have played in 13 FCS Regional Championship Games, with a record of 6–7.

Season Game Record Opponent Score Result
1985 FCS Midwest Region 11–2 Georgia Southern 40–33 Loss
1987 FCS Midwest Region 10–3 Arkansas State 49–28 Win
1991 FCS South Region 11–2 Marshall 41–13 Loss
1992 FCS West Region 12–1 McNeese State 29–7 Win
1995 FCS South Region 8–5 Marshall 41–24 Loss
1996 FCS East Region 12–1 William & Mary 38–35 Win
2001 FCS Midwest Region 11–2 Maine 56–28 Win
2003 FCS East Region 10–3 Delaware 37–7 Loss
2005 FCS East Region 10–3 New Hampshire 24–21 Win
2007 FCS Midwest Region 12–1 Delaware 39–27 Loss
2008 FCS Midwest Region 12–2 New Hampshire 36–34 Win
2011 FCS Midwest Region 10–3 Montana 48–10 Loss
2015 FCS Midwest Region 9–4 North Dakota State 23–13 Loss
  • Note: Since 1981, the NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs Regional Championships were commonly referred to as the Boardwalk Bowl (East Region Championship), Pecan Bowl (Midwest Region Championship), Grantland Rice Bowl (South Region Championship), and Camellia Bowl (West Region Championship).

FCS National Championship games[edit]

Season Game Record Opponent Score Result
2005 FCS Championship 11–4 Appalachian State 21–16 Loss

Victories versus FBS teams[edit]

Date Opponent Score
November 5, 1898 Iowa 0-19
November 17, 1900 Iowa State 5–0
November 5, 1927 Northern Illinois 20–6
October 27, 1928 Northern Illinois 39–0
October 19, 1935 Western Michigan 21–14
October 24, 1936 Western Michigan 12–6
October 19, 1940 Western Michigan 20–19
October 16, 1948 Western Michigan 13–6
September 14, 1985 Kansas State 10–6
September 13, 1986 Kansas State 17–0
September 16, 1989 Kansas State 10–8
September 26, 1992 Iowa State 27–10
September 3, 1994 Iowa State 28–14
September 3, 1998 Eastern Michigan 13–10
September 11, 1999 Ohio 36–21
September 22, 2001 Ball State 42–39
September 8, 2007 Iowa State 24–13
August 31, 2013 Iowa State 28–20
September 3, 2016 Iowa State 25–20

Record versus in-state rivals[edit]

Records as of the end of the 2016–2017 school year.

Rival Record (W-L-T) Win %
Drake 21–24–1 .467
Iowa 1–16–0 .059
Iowa State 6–21–3 .250

Record versus Missouri Valley[edit]

Records as of the end of the 2016–2017 school year.

Rival Record (W-L-T) Win %
Illinois State 20–13–0 .606
Indiana State 26–5–0 .839
Missouri State 31–5–0 .861
North Dakota State 26–23–0 .531
South Dakota 27–19–1 .585
South Dakota State 29–20–2 .590
Southern Illinois 18–16–0 .529
Western Illinois 30–14–0 .682
Youngstown State 21–8–0 .724

Records against future members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference

Rival Record (W-L-T) Win %
North Dakota 25–13–0 .658

Records against former members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference

Rival Record (W-L-T) Win %
Eastern Illinois 16–6–1 .717
Western Kentucky 5–5–0 .500

Notable Players[edit]

Panthers in the NFL Draft[edit]

*Note: This list only includes players taken in the NFL Draft, it does not include those players who signed contracts with NFL teams outside the draft and the CFL

Year drafted Round Overall Pick Player Team Position Notes
2016 4 127 Deiondre' Hall Bears CB
2015 3 86 David Johnson Cardinals RB First Team All-Pro (AP, PFW, PFF, SN); 2016 Pro Bowler; led NFL in total yards from scrimmage and all-purpose yards in 2016.[7]
2008 7 225 Brandon Keith Cardinals T
2008 3 96 Chad Rinehart Redskins T Started 47 of 58 NFL games in a six-year career.[8]
2002 5 169 Ryan Hannam Seahawks TE Member of 2005 NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks.[9]
2001 5 159 Eddie Berlin Titans WR
2000 2 60 Brad Meester Jaguars OL Played 14 seasons with Jacksonville, retired as franchise record holder for seasons played (14), games played (209) and games started (209).[10]
1999 5 137 Tyree Talton Lions DB
1997 3 88 Dedric Ward Jets WR Member of the 2003 NFL Champion New England Pariots.[11]
1993 5 129 Kenny Shedd Jets WR
1991 3 57 James Jones Browns DL Started 140 of 160 career games with four teams over ten-year NFL career;[12] member of the inaugural Baltimore Ravens roster in 1996.[13]
1990 6 159 Bryce Paup Packers LB 1995 NFL Defensive Player of the Year; 1995 All-Pro; four-time Pro Bowler (1994-'95-'96-'97); 1995 NFL Sack Leader; 71 career sacks.[14]
1966 5 74 Randy Schultz Browns RB Schultz was drafted in the 20th round and 177th overall by the New York Jets in the AFL Draft.[15]

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