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Northern Iowa Panthers
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First season 1895
Athletic director Troy Dannen
Head coach Mark Farley
Home stadium UNI-Dome
Stadium capacity 16,324
Stadium 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)
All-time record 625–389–47
Postseason bowl record 1–1–0
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 33
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 1
Colors Purple and Gold            
Fight song UNI Fight
Major Rivals Iowa, Iowa State
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.

UNI-DomeEdit

The UNI-Dome opened in 1976, as the home of the UNI Panthers basketball and football teams. The facility's capacity for football is 16,324.[1] At football games, where cold temperatures are frequently an issue for fans, the UNIDome 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 September 29, 2010, the Panthers have a home record of 174-44-1.

Championship & Postseason HistoryEdit

Conference ChampionshipsEdit

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Northern Iowa has won thirty-three conference titles,[2] 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 fifteen 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 GamesEdit

Northern Iowa Played in the NCAA's College Division from 1937-1972.[3] Twice in those years they qualified for a College Division Bowl Game.[4]

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 GamesEdit

The Panthers have played in 12 FCS Regional Championship Games, with a record of 6-6.

Season Game Record Opponent Score Result
1985 FCS Midwest Region 11-2-0 Georgia Southern 40-33 Loss
1987 FCS Midwest Region 10-3-0 Arkansas State 49-28 Win
1991 FCS South Region 11-2-0 Marshall 41-13 Loss
1992 FCS West Region 12-1-0 McNeese State 29-7 Win
1995 FCS South Region 8-5-0 Marshall 41-24 Loss
1996 FCS East Region 12-1-0 William & Mary 38-35 Win
2001 FCS Midwest Region 11-2-0 Maine 56-28 Win
2003 FCS East Region 10-3-0 Delaware 37-7 Loss
2005 FCS East Region 10-3-0 New Hampshire 24-21 Win
2007 FCS Midwest Region 12-1-0 Delaware 39-27 Loss
2008 FCS Midwest Region 12-2-0 New Hampshire 36-34 Win
2011 FCS Midwest Region 10-3-0 Montana 48-10 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 GamesEdit

<tr><td> 2005 </td><td> FCS Championship </td><td> 11-4-0 </td><td> Appalachian State </td><td> 21-16 </td><td> Loss </tr></table>

Victories versus FBS teamsEdit

Season Game Record Opponent Score Result </td>
<tr><td> November 17, 1900 </td><td> Iowa State </td><td> 5-0 </th></tr><tr><td> November 5, 1927 </td><td> Northern Illinois </td><td> 20-6 </th></tr><tr><td> October 27, 1928 </td><td> Northern Illinois </td><td> 39-0 </th></tr><tr><td> October 19, 1935 </td><td> Western Michigan </td><td> 21-14 </th></tr><tr><td> October 24, 1936 </td><td> Western Michigan </td><td> 12-6 </th></tr><tr><td> October 19, 1940 </td><td> Western Michigan </td><td> 20-19 </th></tr><tr><td> October 16, 1948 </td><td> Western Michigan </td><td> 13-6 </th></tr><tr><td> September 14, 1985 </td><td> Kansas State </td><td> 10-6 </th></tr><tr><td> September 13, 1986 </td><td> Kansas State </td><td> 17-0 </th></tr><tr><td> September 16, 1989 </td><td> Kansas State </td><td> 10-8 </th></tr><tr><td> September 26, 1992 </td><td> Iowa State </td><td> 27-10 </th></tr><tr><td> September 3, 1994 </td><td> Iowa State </td><td> 28-14 </th></tr><tr><td> September 3, 1998 </td><td> Eastern Michigan </td><td> 13-10 </th></tr><tr><td> September 11, 1999 </td><td> Ohio </td><td> 36-21 </th></tr><tr><td> September 22, 2001 </td><td> Ball State </td><td> 42-39 </th></tr><tr><td> September 8, 2007 </td><td> Iowa State </td><td> 24-13 </tr></table>

Record versus rivalsEdit

Date Opponent Score
November 5, 1898 Iowa 11-5 </th>
Rival Record (W-L-T) Name
Iowa 1-14-0 Big Four
Iowa State 4-20-3 Big Four

Record versus Missouri ValleyEdit

Records as of the end of the 2011-2012 school year.

Rival Record (W-L-T) Win %
Illinois State 19-9-0 .679
Indiana State 24-4-0 .857
Missouri State 27-5-0 .844
North Dakota State 25-19-0 .568
South Dakota 24-17-1 .583
South Dakota State 27-17-2 .609
Southern Illinois 16-14-0 .533
Western Illinois 27-13-0 .675
Youngstown State 20-6-0 .769

Records against former members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference

Rival Record (W-L-T) Win %
Eastern Illinois 15-6-1 .705
Western Kentucky 5-5-0 .500

Notable playersEdit

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