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|
|Athletic director||David Harris|
|Head coach||Mark Farley |
18th season, 149–78 (.656)
|Location||Cedar Falls, Iowa|
|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 (.611)|
|Bowl record||1–1 (.500)|
|Rivalries||North Dakota State, and Southern Illinois|
|Colors||Purple and Old Gold|
|Fight song||"UNI Fight"|
|Marching band||"The Pride of Panther Nation"|
- NCAA College Division (1937–1972)
- NCAA Division II (1973–1980)
- NCAA Division I-AA/FCS (1981–present)
- Independent (1895–1922)
- Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1923–1934)
- North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1935–1977)
- Mid-Continent Conference (1978–1984)
- Gateway Football Conference/Missouri Valley Football Conference (1985–present)
Championship & postseason history
Northern Iowa has won thirty-three conference titles, 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
|1960||Mineral Water Bowl||9–1–0||Hillsdale College||L 6–17|
|1964||Pecan Bowl||9–2–0||Lamar (TX)||W 19–17|
FCS Regional Championship games
The Panthers have played in 13 FCS Regional Championship Games, with a record of 6–7.
|1985||FCS Midwest Region||11–2||Georgia Southern||L 33–40|
|1987||FCS Midwest Region||10–3||Arkansas State||W 49–28|
|1991||FCS South Region||11–2||Marshall||L 13–41|
|1992||FCS West Region||12–1||McNeese State||W 29–7|
|1995||FCS South Region||8–5||Marshall||L 24–41|
|1996||FCS East Region||12–1||William & Mary||W 38–35|
|2001||FCS Midwest Region||11–2||Maine||W 56–28|
|2003||FCS East Region||10–3||Delaware||L 7–37|
|2005||FCS East Region||10–3||New Hampshire||W 24–21|
|2007||FCS Midwest Region||12–1||Delaware||L 27–39|
|2008||FCS Midwest Region||12–2||New Hampshire||W 36–34|
|2011||FCS Midwest Region||10–3||Montana||L 10–48|
|2015||FCS Midwest Region||9–4||North Dakota State||L 13–23|
The UNI-Dome opened in 1976, as the home of the UNI Panthers football team. The facility's capacity for football is 16,324. 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.
- 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;
- Willie Beamon
- Eddie Berlin
- Mark Farley
- L. J. Fort
- Daurice Fountain
- Derrick Frost
- Joe Fuller
- Mike Furrey
- Deiondre' Hall
- Ryan Hannam
- Austin Howard
- David Johnson
- James Jones
- Brandon Keith
- Chris Klieman
- Joshua Mahoney
- Brad Meester
- Larry Miller
- Brian Mitchell
- Bryce Paup
- Chad Rinehart
- Eric Sanders
- Benny Sapp
- Randy Schultz
- Terrell Sinkfield
- Varmah Sonie
- Justin Surrency
- Tanner Varner
- Dedric Ward
- Kurt Warner
- Xavier Williams
- Mike Woodley
- Steve Wright
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|
|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.|
|2008||3||96||Chad Rinehart||Redskins||T||Started 47 of 58 NFL games in a six-year career.|
|2002||5||169||Ryan Hannam||Seahawks||TE||Member of 2005 NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks.|
|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).|
|1997||3||88||Dedric Ward||Jets||WR||Member of the 2003 NFL Champion New England Pariots.|
|1991||3||57||James Jones||Browns||DL||Started 140 of 160 career games with four teams over ten-year NFL career; member of the inaugural Baltimore Ravens roster in 1996.|
|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.|
|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.|
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