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Northern Iowa Panthers football
2021 Northern Iowa Panthers football team
First season1895
Athletic directorDavid Harris
Head coachMark Farley
19th season, 149–78 (.656)
StadiumUNI-Dome
(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 record625–389–47 (.611)
Bowl record1–1 (.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"
Websiteunipanthers.com

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.

History

See also: List of Northern Iowa Panthers football seasons

Classifications

Conference memberships

Championship and postseason history

Conference championships

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

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
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

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
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.

Season Game Record Opponent Result
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

FCS National Championship games

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

UNI-Dome

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 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.[7]

All-Americans

First Team Selections [8][9][10][11]

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

Notable players

References

  1. ^ "Northern Iowa gets okay to shift to new athletic conference for 1978". Iowa City, Iowa: The Telegraph-Herald. June 19, 1977. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  2. ^ Color (PDF). University of Northern Iowa Branding & Style Guide. August 3, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "UNI Championship Seasons". Archived from the original on September 26, 2009. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  4. ^ "Northern Iowa Panthers". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on August 6, 2009. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  5. ^ "Northern Iowa Bowl History". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on September 26, 2009. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  6. ^ "University of Northern Iowa UNI-Dome General Information Web Page".
  7. ^ "Quick Facts (page1)" (PDF).
  8. ^ "2016 Northern Iowa Football Media Guide". Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "FCS Football: AP releases 2016 FCS All-America Team". Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "2020-21 Associated Press FCS All-America Team". Retrieved September 18, 2021.
  11. ^ "Jared Brinkman, Trevor Penning earn 2021 AP All-America Football Team honors". Retrieved December 20, 2021.