|Northern Iowa Panthers football|
|Athletic director||David Harris|
|Head coach||Mark Farley |
19th 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"|
The Northern Iowa Panthers football represents the University of Northern Iowa in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level as member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC). The program began in 1895 and has fielded a team every year since with the exceptions of 1906–1907 and 1943–1944. The Panthers play their home games at the UNI-Dome on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
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|
Northern Iowa played in the NCAA's College Division from 1937–1972. Twice in those years they qualified for a College Division bowl game.
|1960||Mineral Water Bowl||9–1–0||Hillsdale College||L 6–17|
|1964||Pecan Bowl||9–2–0||Lamar (TX)||W 19–17|
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|
|2005||FCS Championship||11–4||Appalachian State||L 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. At football games, where cold temperatures are frequently an issue for fans, the UNI-Dome announcers will announce "conditions at game time" prior to each game. The announcers will announce the weather in the town where the visiting team is from, the current weather conditions outside the Dome, and then say "Inside - 72 degrees, no wind, welcome to the Dome!" to emphasize the fact that a domed stadium is not affected by the weather. Heading into the 2021 Fall season, the Panthers have a home record of 221-59-1 in the UNI-Dome, having won nearly 80 percent of their games in the UNI-Dome.
First Team Selections 
WR=Williamson Ratings; AP=Associated Press;
c - 2020-21 selections include players who played Fall 2020 and teams (such as Northern Iowa) which moved their schedule to Spring 2021 due to COVID