Northern Iowa Panthers football

The Northern Iowa Panthers football represents the University of Northern Iowa. Their first year was in 1895. 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.

Northern Iowa Panthers football
2019 Northern Iowa Panthers football team
First season1895
Athletic directorDavid Harris
Head coachMark Farley
18th season, 149–78 (.656)
(Capacity: 16,324)
Field surfaceMondoturf
LocationCedar Falls, Iowa
ConferenceMissouri Valley
Past conferencesIndependent (1895–1922)
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1923–1934)
North Central Conference (1935–1977)
Association of Mid-Continent Universities (1978–1984)[1]
All-time record62538947 (.611)
Bowl record11 (.500)
Conference titles33
RivalriesNorth Dakota State, and Southern Illinois
Consensus All-Americans1
ColorsPurple and Old Gold[2]
Fight song"UNI Fight"
MascotTC/TK Panther
Marching band"The Pride of Panther Nation"



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

Conference memberships

Championship & postseason history

Conference championships

Northern Iowa has won thirty-three conference titles,[3] 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

College Division bowl games

Northern Iowa played in the NCAA's College Division from 1937–1972.[4] Twice in those years they qualified for a College Division bowl game.[5]

Year Bowl Record Opponent Result
1960Mineral Water Bowl9–1–0Hillsdale CollegeL 6–17
1964Pecan Bowl9–2–0Lamar (TX)W 19–17

FCS Regional Championship games

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

1985FCS Midwest Region11–2Georgia SouthernL 33–40
1987FCS Midwest Region10–3Arkansas StateW 49–28
1991FCS South Region11–2MarshallL 13–41
1992FCS West Region12–1McNeese StateW 29–7
1995FCS South Region8–5MarshallL 24–41
1996FCS East Region12–1William & MaryW 38–35
2001FCS Midwest Region11–2MaineW 56–28
2003FCS East Region10–3DelawareL 7–37
2005FCS East Region10–3New HampshireW 24–21
2007FCS Midwest Region12–1DelawareL 27–39
2008FCS Midwest Region12–2New HampshireW 36–34
2011FCS Midwest Region10–3MontanaL 10–48
2015FCS Midwest Region9–4North Dakota StateL 13–23

FCS National Championship games

2005FCS Championship11–4Appalachian StateL 16–21


The UNI-Dome opened in 1976, as the home of the UNI Panthers football team. The facility's capacity for football is 16,324.[6] 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 December 1, 2019, the Panthers have a home record of 220-56-1, having won nearly 80 percent of their games in the dome.


First Team Selections [7][8]

  • Paul Jones, E, 1939 (WR)
  • Paul DeVan, HB, 1949 (AP)
  • Lou Bohnsack, C, 1952 (AP)
  • LeRoy Dunn, T, 1955 (WR)
  • Dick Formanek, T, 1956 (WR)
  • George Asleson, G, 1960 (AP)
  • Jerry Morgan, QB, 1960 (WR)
  • Wendell Williams, G, 1961 (AP)
  • Dan Boals, FB, 1962 (WR)
  • Randy Schultz, FB, 1964 and 1965 (AP)
  • Ray Pedersen, G, 1967 (AP)
  • Mike Timmermans, T, 1975 (AP)
  • Brian Mitchell, PK, 1990 and 1991 (AP)
  • Kenny Shedd, AP, 1992 (AP)
  • William Freeney, LB, 1992 (AP)
  • Andre Allen, LB, 1994 (AP)
  • Dedric Ward, WR, 1995 and 1996 (AP)
  • Brad Meester, C, 1999 (AP)
  • Adam Vogt, LB, 2001 (AP)
  • Mackenzie Hoambrecker, PK, 2002 (AP)
  • Dre Dokes, DB, 2006 (AP)
  • Brannon Carter, LB, 2007 (AP)
  • Chad Rinehart, OL, 2007 (AP)
  • James Ruffin, DL, 2009 (AP)
  • Ben Boothby, DL, 2011 (AP)
  • Michael Schmadeke, PK, 2014 (AP)
  • Jack Rummells, OL, 2014 (AP)
  • Deiondre' Hall, DB, 2015 (AP)
  • Karter Schult, DL, 2016 (AP)

WR=Williamson Ratings; AP=Associated Press;

Notable players

Panthers in the NFL Draft

*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
2018 5 159 Daurice Fountain Colts WR
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.[9]
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.[10]
2002 5 169 Ryan Hannam Seahawks TE Member of 2005 NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks.[11]
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).[12]
1999 5 137 Tyree Talton Lions DB
1997 3 88 Dedric Ward Jets WR Member of the 2003 NFL Champion New England Pariots.[13]
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;[14] member of the inaugural Baltimore Ravens roster in 1996.[15]
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.[16]
1982 11 296 Steve Sandon Patriots QB
1976 10 289 Bill Salmon Vikings QB
17 440 Mike Timmermans Packers OL
1968 17 458 Ray Pedersen Colts OL/DL
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.[17]
18 261 Dave Korver Falcons OL


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  2. Color (PDF). University of Northern Iowa Branding & Style Guide. August 3, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  3. "UNI Championship Seasons".
  4. "Northern Iowa Panthers". College Football Data Warehouse.
  5. "Northern Iowa Bowl History". College Football Data Warehouse.
  6. "University of Northern Iowa UNI-Dome General Information Web Page".
  7. "2016 Northern Iowa Football Media Guide". Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  8. "FCS Football: AP releases 2016 FCS All-America Team". Retrieved July 25, 2017.
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  11. "Pro Football Reference: 2005 Seattle Seahawks". Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  12. "2015 Jacksonville Jaguars Yearbook: Career Leaders: Service (page 168)". Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  13. "Pro Football Reference: Super Bowl XXXVIII New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers)". Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  14. "Pro Football Reference: James Jones". Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  15. "1996 Baltimore Ravens roster". Retrieved June 22, 2017.
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