UNI, Southern Illinois Set For Saturday in the UNI-Dome
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Monday 10/17/2011

#2/#2 University of Northern Iowa (5-1, 4-0 MVFC) vs.
Southern Illinois (2-4, 1-3 MVFC)

Game #7
Sat., Oct. 22, 2011 3 p.m. (Central)
Cedar Falls, Iowa
UNI-Dome (16,324/MondoTurf)

Series vs. SIU: UNI leads 15-14
Television: Panther Sports
TV Network
Radio: Panther Sports Network

UNI FOOTBALL QUICK HITS
  • The No. 2-ranked University of Northern Iowa football team will host the Southern Illinois University Salukis on Sat., Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. in the UNI-Dome.

  • UNI holds a slight 15-14 advantage in the all-time series with SIU, with the Salukis winning the last three contests. Seven of the last eight games between UNI and Southern Illinois have been decided by seven points or less.

  • UNI has its first 4-0 start in conference play since 2007. The Panthers finished the MVFC slate with a perfect 6-0 mark that year.

  • UNI's mark of 14 defensive interceptions to zero interceptions thrown (+14) is the best margin in all of Division I football (FBS and FCS combined).

  • UNI is ranked second in the nation in average turnover margin with a mark of plus-2.5 per contest. The Panthers have 20 takeaways (14 INTs, 6 fumble recoveries) and have only turned the ball over five times this season.

  • UNI is one of only three FCS schools in the nation to have not thrown an interception this season, with Georgia Southern and Cal Poly being the other two. Tirrell Rennie has completed 76.6 percent of his passes in MVFC play.

  • Senior linebacker L.J. Fort is No. 2 in the nation with an average of 13.33 tackles per game. Fort has posted at least 12 tackles in each of the Panthers' six games for a total of 80 tackles this season.

  • Fort leads the nation with five forced fumbles in six games, and he is tied for No. 4 among active FCS players with seven forced fumbles in his career.

  • The top two attendance marks in UNI-Dome history have occurred the last two times Southern Illinois traveled to Cedar Falls. In 2007, the Panthers-Salukis showdown set a Dome record with 17,074 fans. The 2009 contest topped that mark by packing in 17,190 fans.

  • The Panthers rank second in the nation in scoring defense with an average of 13.8 points allowed per game. In MVFC play this season, UNI is allowing only 10 points per game.

  • UNI has posted an all-time record of 615-381-47 since the inception of Panther football in 1895.

  • UNI head coach Mark Farley is in his 11th season at the helm of the Panther program. Farley has posted a mark of 94-38, which ranks him for third on the Panthers' coaching victory list trailing only Clyde Starbeck (95 wins) and Stan Sheriff (129 wins). Farley is the Panthers' all-time postseason wins leader with nine (9-6 all-time in the playoffs).

  • The Panthers boasted of nine players in the National Football League (when camps opened in late July), a list which includes: Brad Meester (Jacksonville Jaguars), Benny Sapp (Miami Dolphins), Brandon Keith (Arizona Cardinals), Chad Rinehart (Buffalo Bills), Austin Howard (Philadelphia Eagles), James Ruffin (Cincinnati Bengals), Quentin Scott (Oakland Raiders), Schuylar Oordt (St. Louis Rams) and Ryan Mahaffey (Baltimore Ravens).

THE GAME
The No. 2-ranked University of Northern Iowa football team will host the Southern Illinois University Salukis on Sat., Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. in the UNI-Dome.

THE SERIES
UNI holds a 15-14 lead in the all-time series with Southern Illinois.
    SIU has won the last three times the Panthers and Salukis have met. UNI's last victory was a 30-24 win in 2007.
    Seven of the last eight games between UNI and Southern Illinois have been decided by seven points or less.
    Before UNI's 2009 loss to the Salukis in the UNI-Dome, the home team had won every year since 1997.
    It will mark the 11th meeting between the two schools since UNI head coach Mark Farley took over the Panther program. Farley is 4-6 all-time vs. Southern Illinois -- his only below-.500 mark against MVFC competition.

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS VS. SIU
1965 at SIU L, 23-16
1966 vs SIU L, 30-7
1983 vs SIU L, 52-9
1984 at SIU L, 40-10
1986 at SIU L, 27-24
1987 vs SIU W, 20-3
1988 at SIU W, 24-21
1989 vs SIU W, 38-14
1990 vs SIU W, 30-9
1991 at SIU L, 21-20
1992 at SIU W, 30-25
1993 vs SIU W, 49-17
1994 at SIU W, 39-7
1995 vs SIU W, 13-0
1996 at SIU W, 33-7
1997 vs SIU W, 28-27
1998 at SIU L, 27-20
1999 vs SIU W, 34-14
2000 at SIU L, 34-14
2001 vs SIU W, 19-14
2002 at SIU L, 42-13
2003 vs SIU W, 43-40
2004 at SIU L, 40-36
2005 vs SIU W, 25-24
2006 at SIU L, 47-23
2007 vs SIU W, 30-24
2008 at SIU L, 27-24
2009 vs SIU L, 27-20
2010 at SIU L, 45-38 (OT)

THE COACHES
UNI head coach Mark Farley is in his 11th season at the helm of the Panther sideline. Farley has posted a mark of 94-38 in 11 seasons, which includes six trips to the NCAA FCS playoffs. Farley has notched a record of 57-19 in MVFC play, which ranks him No. 1 on the all-time league wins chart.
    Dale Lennon is in his fourth season with Southern Illinois, posting a record of 27-15 with the Salukis. He is 4-0 against UNI as a head coach, including a victory with North Dakota in 2006.

TELEVISION
The game will be broadcast on the Panther Sports TV Network. Jeff Mickey (play-by-play), Rick Coleman (analyst) and Eric Braley (sideline) will call the action.

RADIO
The game will be broadcast on the Panther Sports Radio Network. Gary Rima (play-by-play) and Scott Peterson (analyst) will call the action.

UNI PANTHERS INSIDE ACCESS
Panther fans will be able to view most of UNI's home football games on www.UNIPanthers.com through UNI Panthers Inside Access. For a nominal fee, fans can get live streamed audio and video of most home games of UNI volleyball, football, men's basketball, women's basketball and wrestling as well as some road contests. To sign up, please go to UNI's official athletic website at www.unipanthers.com and click on the Panthers Inside Access link on the front page.

PANTHER POINTS

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SALUKIS
Southern Illinois enters the contest on a three-game losing streak, having dropped consecutive MVFC games to Western Illinois (27-21), North Dakota State (9-3) and Youngstown State (35-23).
    Southern Illinois is 1-2 on the road this season with a win at Southeast Missouri State (9/3) and losses to Mississippi (9/10) and Western Illinois (10/1).

DON'T LEAVE EARLY
Seven of the last eight games between UNI and Southern Illinois have been decided by seven points or less. The last time the Panthers won a contest against Southern Illinois by more than one possession was a 34-14 triumph in 1999.

4-0 MVFC START
UNI has its first 4-0 start in conference play since 2007. The Panthers finished the MVFC slate with a perfect 6-0 mark that year.

ACCURACY COUNTS
In the Panthers' four MVFC games this season, senior quarterback Tirrell Rennie is a combined 49-of-64 passing for a 76.6 percent completion rate. He has thrown for 732 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions in conference play.
    Rennie leads the Valley with a 76.6 percent completion rate and a 213.9 efficiency rating in conference games.

NO INTS FOR RENNIE
Senior quarterback Tirrell Rennie has not thrown an interception in his last 123 pass attempts - dating back to last season.
    The UNI school record for most pass attempts without an interception is 138 set by Eric Sanders in the 2007 season.
    Rennie's mark of 123 is the third-highest current streak in FCS.
Att.    Name    School
148     Andre Broadous        Cal Poly
131     Michael German            Tennessee State
123      Tirrell Rennie                  UNI  

SECOND-HALF SHUTDOWN
The UNI defense has not allowed a single point in the second half of three straight games. UNI has outscored the opposition 44-0 in the second half of the last three games.

INTERCEPTION U
UNI's margin of 14 defensive interceptions to zero interceptions thrown (+14) is the best mark in all of Division I football (FBS and FCS combined).

L.J. RACKIN' UP TACKLES
Senior linebacker L.J. Fort is No. 2 in the nation and leading the MVFC with an average of 13.33 tackles per game. Fort has posted at least 12 tackles in each of the Panthers' six games for a total of 80 tackles this season.
    Fort notched a career-high 17 tackles in UNI's 31-14 win at South Dakota State (10/15).

JOHNSON COMFORTABLE IN THE ENDZONE
Redshirt freshman running back David Johnson has racked up eight touchdowns in his first six career games. David Horne owns the UNI record for touchdowns in a season with 19 in 2005.

BIG-PLAY POTENTIAL
The Panthers have three players averaging more than 17 yards per catch in 2011.
    Senior Jarred Herring (14-286; 20.4 avg), freshman David Johnson (11-211; 19.2 avg) and junior Terrell Sinkfield (14-251; 17.9 avg) lead the UNI receiving corps in that category.

AIR ASSAULT
UNI's passing performance against South Dakota State (10/15) helped two Panthers accomplish feats that hadn't been done since the 2009 season.
    Tirrell Rennie's four touchdown passes were the most by a Panther since Pat Grace also notched four against South Dakota on Sept. 12, 2009.
    Jarred Herring became the first Panther to record more than 100 receiving yards in a game since D.J. Hord had 105 yards at North Dakota State on Oct. 10, 2009.

NO. 2 RANK, NO. 2 DEFENSE
The Panthers rank second in the nation in scoring defense with an average of 13.8 points allowed per game. In MVFC play this season, UNI is allowing only 10 points per game.
 
NO. 2 IN TURNOVERS
UNI is ranked second in the nation in average turnover margin with a mark of plus-2.5 per contest.
    The Panthers have 20 takeaways (14 INTs, 6 fumble recoveries) and have only turned the ball over five times this season.
    UNI finished the 2010 season with 22 total takeaways and 24 turnovers.
 
NO PICKS HERE
UNI is one of three FCS schools in the nation that has not thrown an interception in 2011.
    Georgia Southern and Cal Poly have also not thrown any INTs this season.

NOSE FOR THE BALL
UNI senior linebacker L.J. Fort leads the nation with five forced fumbles in six games, and he is tied for No. 4 among active FCS players with seven forced fumbles in his career.
    In all of Division I football (FBS and FCS combined), only Nordly Capi of Colorado State has been able to match Fort's pace with five forced fumbles in six games this season.
 
ABOVE AVERAGE
UNI senior quarterback Tirrell Rennie is averaging 5.67 yards per carry for his career -- a mark that ranks him fourth among all active FCS players.
    Running back Carlos Anderson owns an average of 5.29 yards per carry over 27 career games, putting him 10th on that same list.
    UNI is the only school with two players in the top 10 of yards per carry for active players.

AT THE CENTURY MARK
UNI quarterback Tirrell Rennie ranks fifth among all active FCS players with a career average of 99.6 rushing yards per game. Of the top 20 players on the list, Rennie is the only quarterback.

ACROSS SUBDIVISIONS
Rennie ranks 10th among all active Division I players (FBS and FCS combined) with his career average of 99.6 rushing yards per game. Michigan's Denard Robinson (89.3 ypg) and Nebraska's Taylor Martinez (81.5 ypg) are the only other quarterbacks to qualify for the top-20 list in either subdivision.

DEFENSIVELY SPEAKING
UNI is 66-5 in the Mark Farley era (2001-present) when holding the opposition to 20 points or less.

UNI when holding the opp. to 20 or less
2001: 7-0
2002: 2-0
2003: 6-1 (lost to Iowa St 17-10)
2004: 4-1 (lost to Western Kentucky 17-10)
2005: 6-0
2006: 5-0
2007: 10-0
2008: 10-0
2009: 6-1 (lost to Iowa 17-16)
2010: 6-1 (lost to Lehigh 14-7)
2011: 4-1 (lost to Iowa State 20-19)
TOTAL - 66-5 (3 of the losses against FBS schools)

GETTING OFFENSIVE
UNI is 64-3 in the Mark Farley era (2001-present) when scoring 30 or more points in a game.

UNI when scoring 30 or more points
2001: 6-0
2002: 2-0
2003: 6-0
2004: 6-1 (lost to Southern Illinois 40-36)
2005: 7-0
2006: 6-1 (lost to North Dakota 35-31)
2007: 9-0
2008: 8-0
2009: 6-0
2010: 4-1 (lost to Southern Illinois 45-38)
2011: 4-0
TOTAL - 64-3 (2 of the losses against Southern Illinois)

HOME SWEET DOME
UNI is 179-45-1 (.796) in the UNI-Dome. The Panthers have gone undefeated at home in a season seven times since 1990.
    Prior to 1998, the Panthers had two consecutive undefeated seasons in the Dome. The Panthers have posted three perfect home seasons under head coach Mark Farley, including 2001 (6-0), 2003 (6-0) and 2005 (7-0).
    Prior to a September 24, 1994, loss to McNeese State, UNI had won 29 straight regular-season games in the Dome dating back to the 1989 season when it lost 22-14 to Mankato State in the first game of the year.
    The Panthers are 71-13 in home Missouri Valley Football Conference games, leading the league in home conference victories. UNI will play host to league foes Western Illinois, Indiana State, Southern Illinois and Youngstown State in the UNI-Dome this season.

PANTHER SPEED
Three members of UNI's honorable mention All-America 4x100 sprint team will play extensive action this season for the Panther football team.
    Running back Carlos Anderson, wide receiver Jarred Herring and defensive back Wilmot Wellington qualified for the NCAA Track & Field Championships last spring.


PANTHERS' TV COVERAGE
At least six UNI football games will be shown live in the state of Iowa in 2011.
    The Panther Sports Television Network will show a pair of UNI football games beginning with the Oct. 22 showdown between the Panthers and the Southern Illinois Salukis. The Panthers and Salukis will kick at 3 p.m. with the broadcast shown live on KWWL Ch. 7.
    The second PSN football game of the season will showcase the Panthers taking on the Youngstown State Penguins Nov. 5 at 4 p.m. in the UNI-Dome also on KWWL Ch. 7.
    WOI-DT (5.2) in Des Moines/Ames will also air both games in central Iowa.
    UNI's game at South Dakota State on Oct. 15 will be shown live on ESPN3. UNI's Nov. 19 matchup at Illinois State has also been picked up by ESPN3.
    UNI's contest at North Dakota State on Oct. 29 will be broadcast live on Fox College Sports Central.

PANTHER SPORTS TALK WITH MARK FARLEY
UNI head coach Mark Farley's radio call-in show will be broadcast live on the Panther Sports Radio Network every Thursday throughout the season. The show will take place at Old Chicago in Cedar Falls and will run from 6:05 p.m. - 7 p.m.

WEEKLY PRESS LUNCHEONS
UNI head coach Mark Farley or a member of his coaching staff will be available at the weekly Press Luncheons held each Monday beginning at 12 noon in the back room of Pepper's Grill and Sports Pub located on 18th Street in Cedar Falls.

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