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No. 4 UNI Travels to Illinois State for Regular Season Finale
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Friday 11/14/2011
#4/#4 University of Northern Iowa (8-2, 6-1 MVFC) vs.
#14/#14 Illinois State (7-3, 5-2 MVFC)
Game #11 • Sat., Nov. 19, 2011 • 11 a.m. (Central)
Normal, Ill. • Hancock Stadium (9,500/FieldTurf)

Series vs. ISU: UNI leads 18-8
Television: ESPN3
Radio: Panther Sports Network

UNI FOOTBALL QUICK HITS
• The No. 4-ranked University of Northern Iowa football team will take on No. 14 Illinois State University in the regular season finale for both teams. The game is set to kickoff at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hancock Stadium in Normal, Ill. ESPN3 will broadcast the game live.

• A win would guarantee UNI at least a share of its 16th Missouri Valley Football Conference championship and its seventh title since 2001.

• The Panthers are looking to record their fifth regular season with at least nine wins since 2001. UNI posted nine or more regular-season wins in 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2008.

• UNI holds an 18-8 edge in the all-time series with the Redbirds. The Panthers won last year's meeting by a score of 42-14 in the UNI-Dome. Illinois State claimed a 22-20, last-second victory in 2009 when the teams last met in Normal. UNI head coach Mark Farley holds a record of 6-4 against ISU since he took over the Panther program in 2001.

• Senior quarterback Tirrell Rennie is 70 yards shy of 2,000 rushing yards for his career. Rennie has racked up 1,930 yards in only 21 career games, and he is averaging 5.5 yards per carry over his two seasons at UNI. Rennie is eighth on the UNI career rushing touchdowns list with 23.

• UNI ranks No. 4 in the nation in scoring defense by giving up only 15.80 points per game. UNI trails Sam Houston State (12.50 points/game), North Dakota State (14.30 points/game) and Norfolk State (15.45 points/game) in the national scoring defense rankings.

• With 18 interceptions on the season, UNI leads the MVFC in pass efficiency defense at a rating of 115.13. The Panthers are tied for fifth in the nation and first in the Valley with an average turnover margin of plus-1.4.

• UNI sophomore kicker Tyler Sievertsen is 14-of-15 on field goal
attempts and a perfect 32-of-32 on PATs this season. Since Sept. 24 against Western Illinois, he owns a streak of 35 consecutive kicks made. Sievertsen has also connected on seven field goal tries of 40 yards or longer this season.

• Senior linebacker L.J. Fort, the nation's fourth-leading tackler, posted 10 stops in a 34-21 victory over Southern Utah (11/12) to run his season total to 129 tackles. Fort has posted at least 10 tackles in each of the Panthers' ten games this season.

• Redshirt freshman running back David Johnson leads UNI in both rushing yardage and receptions this season through ten games. Johnson has rushed for 727 yards and eight touchdowns. As a receiver, he has tallied a team-best 28 receptions for 402 yards and three scores. Johnson has 11 total touchdowns and ranks second on the team with 66 points through ten games.

• UNI head coach Mark Farley is second on the Panthers' all-time win list with 97 career victories. Farley's 96th win, coming against Youngstown State on Nov. 5, pushed him past former coach Clyde Starbeck, who notched 95 wins from 1936-42 and 1945-57. Farley now trails only Stan Sheriff's 129 wins, which he accomplished from 1960-82.

• UNI has posted an all-time record of 618-382-47 since the inception of Panther football in 1895.

• 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). Oordt was signed to the Jaguars practice squad Oct. 12.

THE GAME
The No. 4-ranked University of Northern Iowa football team will take on No. 14 Illinois State University in the regular season finale for both teams. The game is set to kickoff at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hancock Stadium in Normal, Ill.

THE SERIES
UNI holds an 18-8 edge in the all-time series with the Redbirds. The Panthers won last year's meeting by a score of 42-14 in the UNI-Dome.
     Illinois State claimed a 22-20, last-second victory in 2009 when the teams last met in Normal. 
     UNI head coach Mark Farley holds a record of 6-4 against ISU since he took over the Panther program in 2001.

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS VS. ISU
1972 at ISU L, 24-14
1985 at ISU W, 15-3
1986 vs ISU W, 22-13
1987 vs ISU W, 48-17
1988 at ISU W, 34-7
1989 at ISU L, 32- 13
1990 vs ISU W, 31-0
1991 at ISU W, 17-14
1992 vs ISU W, 41-14
1993 at ISU W, 20-19
1994 vs ISU W, 24-17
1995 at ISU L, 31-29
1996 vs ISU W, 47-10
1997 at ISU W, 50-34
1998 vs ISU L, 38-23
2000 vs ISU W, 34-28
2001 at ISU L, 42-14
2002 vs ISU L, 31-20
2003 at ISU W, 16-7
2004 vs ISU W, 41-14
2005 at ISU L, 31-3
2006 vs ISU W, 38-27
2007 at ISU W, 23-13
2008 vs ISU W, 31-17
2009 at ISU L, 22-20
2010 vs ISU W, 42-14

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 97-39 in 11 seasons, which includes six trips to the NCAA FCS playoffs. Farley has notched a record of 59-20 in MVFC play, which ranks him No. 1 on the all-time league wins chart.
     Brock Spack is in his third season at the helm of the Illinois State program. Spack has posted a mark of 19-13 for the Redbirds.

TELEVISION
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Scott Warmann (play-by-play), Danan Hughes (analyst) and Mick Shaffer (sideline) will handle the broadcast.

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

ILLINOIS STATE REDBIRDS
Illinois State comes into Saturday's game riding a five-game winning streak. After starting the season at 2-3, the Redbirds have rattled off wins over Missouri State, South Dakota, Indiana State, Southern Illinois and Western Illinois to improve their record to 7-3. At 5-2 in the MVFC, Illinois State sits in third place behind North Dakota State and UNI.
     Illinois State is 5-0 at home this season. Over their current five-game winning streak, the Redbirds are scoring 30.4 points per contest.

REDBIRD NOTABLES
Illinois State leads the MVFC and is ranked No. 5 in the nation in rushing defense, allowing only 81.3 yards per game on the ground.
     The Redbirds have a remarkable ratio of 35 defensive sacks to only six sacks allowed on the season.
     Along with rushing defense, Illinois State leads the MVFC in total defense, sacks and tackles-for-loss.
     Junior defensive lineman Nate Palmer leads the MVFC with 9.0 sacks.
     Senior running back Ashton Leggett leads the Redbirds with an average of 96.6 rushing yards per game.

FORT PILES UP THE STOPS
Senior linebacker L.J. Fort, the nation's fourth-leading tackler, is climbing up UNI's Top-10 career tackles list. With 10 stops against Southern Utah (11/12), Fort moved into seventh place on the all-time list.

UNI's Top-10 Career Tackles List
1. Ryan Doak (1997-2000) 453
2. Matt Pedersen (1996-99) 426
3. Joe Anderson (1979-82) 380
4. Andre Allen (1991-94) 358
5. Paul Wolf (1991-94) 327
6. Reed Hunemuller (1975-78) 303
7. L.J. Fort (2008-present) 301
8. William Freeney (1989-92) 300
9. Bryce Paup (1986-89) 298
T10. Jason McCleary (1991-94) 296
T10. Casey Tierney (2000-03) 296

A SEASON FOR THE RECORD BOOKS?
Fort has posted at least 10 tackles in each of the Panthers' ten games for a total of 129 tackles this season. He is poised to enter the Top-10 list for most tackles in a season in UNI history.

UNI's Top-10 Season Tackles List
1. Joe Anderson (1981) 170
2. Peter Burns (1992) 163
3. Adam Vogt (2001) 160
4. Matt Pedersen (1999) 150
T5. Reed Hunemuller (1978) 141
T5. William Freeney (1992) 141
7. Josh Mahoney (2008) 139
8. Ryan Doak (2000) 138
9. Darin Heideman (2005) 137
10. Matt Pedersen (1998) 133
L.J. Fort (2011) 129

35 CONSECUTIVE KICKS
Since Sept. 24 against Western Illinois, UNI sophomore kicker Tyler Sievertsen owns a streak of 35 consecutive kicks made. Sievertsen is 14-of-15 on field goal attempts and a perfect 32-of-32 on PATs this season. Sievertsen has also connected on seven field goal tries of 40 yards or longer this year.

RUSHING RENNIE
Senior quarterback Tirrell Rennie is 70 yards shy of 2,000 rushing yards for his career at UNI. Rennie has racked up 1,930 yards in only 21 career games, and he is averaging 5.5 yards per carry for his career.
     Rennie is eighth on the UNI career rushing touchdowns list with 23.

INTs ARE KEY
With 18 interceptions on the season, UNI leads the MVFC in pass efficiency defense at a rating of 115.13. The Panthers are tied for fifth in the nation and first in the Valley with an average turnover margin of plus-1.4.

27 UNANSWERED
Facing its largest deficit of the season at 21-7 with 12:57 left in the second quarter against Southern Utah (11/12), UNI scored 27 unanswered points to win 34-21.
     The 14-point deficit was the largest faced by the Panthers since Nov. 20, 2010, when they trailed Western Illinois 30-0.

LARGEST MARGIN OVER SUU
UNI's 34-21 victory over Southern Utah on Nov. 12 is the only time this season that SUU has been defeated by more than 6 points.

FORT FLIPS SIDES
Senior linebacker L.J. Fort made his debut on the offensive side of the ball for the Panthers against Southern Utah. Fort entered at running back in goal-line situations on two different occasions, each time carrying for a one-yard touchdown run.

RETURN OF THE GROUND GAME
After rushing for a total of 83 yards in its last two contests combined, UNI broke out for a season-high 284 rushing yards in a 34-21 win over Southern Utah (11/12). Junior Carlos Anderson led the attack with 115 yards, quarterback Tirrell Rennie had 86, and redshirt freshman running back David Johnson added 82.

ALL-PURPOSE PERFORMER
Redshirt freshman running back David Johnson has recorded 100 or more all-purpose yards in seven of UNI's 10 games this season.

SENIORS HONORED
UNI honored 18 seniors prior to the Nov. 12 game against Southern Utah. 
     The Panther seniors include: offensive lineman Kaleb Admire (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), defensive lineman Ben Boothby (Clinton, Iowa), offensive lineman Sean Boren (Mount Vernon, Iowa), defensive lineman Darren Branch (Twinsburg, Ohio), defensive back Tre'Darrius Canady (Sioux City, Iowa), wide receiver Josh Collins (Sioux City, Iowa), linebacker James Conley (Des Moines, Iowa), defensive lineman Will Eilert (Grinnell, Iowa), linebacker L.J. Fort (Waynesville, Mo.), linebacker Shawn Gerard (Eldridge, Iowa), defensive lineman August Hadenfeldt (Solon, Iowa), wide receiver Jarred Herring (Burlington, Iowa), defensive back Montari Leonard (DeLand, Fla.), quarterback Tirrell Rennie (North Lauderdale, Fla.), linebacker Jordan Smith (Humboldt, Iowa), offensive lineman Jay Teply (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), tight end Austin Wells (Norfolk, Neb.) and offensive lineman Justin Wissler (Wall Lake, Iowa).

NO. 4 IN SCORING DEFENSE
UNI ranks No. 4 in the nation in scoring defense by giving up only 15.80 points per game. 
     UNI trails Sam Houston State (12.50 points/game), North Dakota State (14.30 points/game) and Norfolk State (15.45 points/game) in the national scoring defense rankings.

SECOND HALF SHUTDOWN
UNI has been especially stingy in the second half of games when it comes to giving up points this season. UNI has given up only 53 second-half points this season for an average of 5.3 points/game.
     UNI has allowed 13 total points in the third quarter of games and 40 total points in the fourth quarter of games.

SINKFIELD GIVES ‘EM THE DOUBLE BOOM
Junior wide receiver Terrell Sinkfield doubled up his touchdown total for the second time this season in a 21-17 win over Youngstown State (11/5). 
     Sinkfield caught scoring passes of 32 and 31 yards in the first half vs. the Penguins.
Earlier this season, Sinkfield caught two touchdown passes in a win at South Dakota State (10/15). 
     Sinkfield leads the Panthers with six touchdown receptions this season.

FRESH FROSH
A pair of UNI freshmen played key roles in the Panthers' 21-17 win over Youngstown State (11/5).
     Redshirt freshman quarterback Jared Lanpher made his first career start and passed for 238 yards and two touchdowns. 
     Redshirt freshman running back David Johnson scored the game-clinching touchdown from 1 yard out with 1:59 on the clock.

LANPHER NAMED MVFC
NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Redshirt freshman quarterback Jared Lanpher has been named the Missouri Valley Football Conference's Newcomer of the Week for his play against Youngstown State (11/5).
     Lanpher (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs HS) made his first career start and led the No. 6-ranked Panthers to a 21-17, come-from-behind victory over Youngstown State in the UNI-Dome. He connected on 16-of-28 passes for a career-high 238 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. 
     Lanpher hit Terrell Sinkfield for a 32-yard scoring strike in the first quarter to put UNI on top 7-3. Following a Penguin touchdown with 27 seconds left in the first half, Lanpher put together a two-play, 61-yard scoring drive that resulted in a 31-yard touchdown pass to Sinkfield. 
     Lanpher also conducted a 10-play, 63-yard drive in the fourth quarter that gave UNI the victory when David Johnson rushed in from one yard out with 1:59 remaining.
In all, Lanpher completed six passes of 25 yards or longer on the day.

CALL IT A COMEBACK
For the second straight season, UNI used a touchdown in the final two-plus minutes of the game to defeat the YSU Penguins. 
     In 2010, Tirrell Rennie scored on a 19-yard touchdown run with 2:08 left in the game to provide the Panthers a 34-30 victory. 
     This season it was David Johnson scoring on a 1-yard plunge with 1:59 left in the game to push UNI to a 21-17 win over the Penguins.
     Prior to the two comebacks against the Penguins, UNI's previous fourth quarter comeback win came in the first round of the 2007 NCAA FCS playoffs in a 38-35 win over New Hampshire - the winning points coming on a 24-yard pass from Eric Sanders to Montari Leonard with seven seconds left in the game.

SMITH, SCOTT LEAD IN PICKS
Senior linebacker Jordan Smith intercepted his fourth pass of the season on Nov. 5 against Youngstown State to take over the team lead, but junior safety Garrett Scott tied the race for the top spot one week later with a game-clinching interception against Southern Utah.
     Since making the move to Division I football, only two times has a Panther linebacker led the team interceptions - Mark Farley (5 INTs in 1985) and Brannon Carter (5 INTs in 2007).

FARLEY PERFECT AGAINST THE PENGUINS
UNI head coach Mark Farley moved to 11-0 all-time vs. Youngstown State with a 21-17 win over the Penguins in the UNI-Dome (11/5). 
     The 11 straight wins is the most consecutive wins over an opponent in a series in the history of UNI football.

DUAL WEAPON
Redshirt freshman running back David Johnson leads UNI in both rushing yardage and receptions this season through ten games. 
     Johnson has rushed for 727 yards and eight touchdowns. As a receiver, he has tallied a team-best 28 receptions for 402 yards and three scores. 
     Johnson has 11 total touchdowns and ranks second on the team with 66 points through ten games.

NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS
The Panthers are 113-53 against non-conference teams since 1985.
     UNI's two non-conference wins so far this season are a 34-23 road win at Stephen F. Austin (9/10) and a 34-21 home victory over Southern Utah (11/12).

SIEVERTSEN ON A ROLL
Sophomore placekicker Tyler Sievertsen is on a quite a roll, as he has made 10 straight field goals and is a perfect 32-for-32 on extra point attempts. 
     He is the only placekicker in the MVFC to have connected on 100 percent of his extra point attempts this season.
     Sievertsen leads the Panthers with 74 points scored.

HIGHLY ACCURATE
UNI placekicker Tyler Sievertsen ranks No. 5 in the FCS in regard to field goal accuracy through ten games.
     Sievertsen has converted 93.3 percent of his field goal kicks this season by making 14 of 15 three-pointers.
     Brian Mitchell holds the UNI single-season record of highest field goal percentage at 96.3 percent (26-of-27 FGs) in 1990.

Kicker (School) FG-FGA Pct.
Adrian Mora (Ga. Southern) 12-12 1.000
Chris Rogers (Sacred Heart) 11-11 1.000
Ryan Estep (Norfolk State) 20-21 .952
Kienan Cullen (Murray St.) 15-16 .938
Tyler Sievertsen (UNI) 14-15 .933
(minimum of 11 made FGs)
courtesy NCAA stats

FARLEY RANKS NO. 2 AT UNI
UNI head coach Mark Farley moved into sole possession of second place on the Panthers' all-time win list following a 21-17 win over Youngstown State.
     Farley's 96 wins pushed him past former coach Clyde Starbeck, who notched 95 wins from 1936-42 and 1945-57.
     Farley now trails only Stan Sheriff's 129 wins, which he accomplished from 1960-82.

FARLEY AGAINST THE BEST
Since taking over as UNI head coach before the 2001 season, UNI head coach Mark Farley holds a record of 13-11 against Top-10 teams and a mark of 31-19 against Top-25 teams.
UNI's last win vs. a top-10 team was a 36-34 win over No. 10 New Hampshire on Dec. 6, 2008, in the NCAA FCS quarterfinals.

UNI AGAINST THE BEST
UNI has the most wins in MVFC history against ranked FCS opponents, with a 66-42 mark all-time. 
     The Panthers are 2-1 this season against ranked FCS opponents with victories against No. 16 Stephen F. Austin and No. 17 Indiana State.

BALANCED RECEIVING
Seven different Panthers have led UNI in receptions in a game this year. 
     Darion Howard, Josh Collins (twice), Jarred Herring (three times), Brett LeMaster, David Johnson (twice), Terrell Sinkfield (three times) and Kevin Vereen Jr. have all either led UNI or tied for the team lead in catches in a game this season.

NEARLY FLAWLESS IN RED ZONE
UNI is No. 2 in the nation in Red Zone scoring efficiency. The Panthers are 32-for-34 (94.1 percent) in Red Zone scoring opportunities this year. UNI has scored 24 TDs and has kicked eight FGs in the Red Zone.
     Last season, UNI converted 67 percent (30-of-45) of its trips in the Red Zone, including 38 percent for TDs (17-of-45).

NO. 5 IN TURNOVER MARGIN
UNI is tied for fifth in the nation in average turnover margin with a mark of plus-1.40 per contest. 
     The Panthers have 26 takeaways (18 INTs, 8 fumble recoveries) and have only turned the ball over 12 times this season.
     UNI finished the 2010 season with 22 total takeaways and 24 turnovers.

TOP OF THE VALLEY TO YA!
UNI head coach Mark Farley took over the all-time Missouri Valley Football Conference lead in victories with his 55th in the Panthers' 42-7 win at Missouri State (10/1).
     Farley and Missouri State head coach Terry Allen entered the UNI-MSU game tied at 54 apiece. Farley has posted a league mark of 59-20 in 11 seasons. 
     Farley is also 6-0 in head-to-head matchups vs. the Panthers' former head coach Allen.

DEFENSIVELY SPEAKING
UNI is 68-5 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: 6-1 (lost to Iowa State 20-19)
TOTAL - 68-5 (3 of the losses against FBS schools)

GETTING OFFENSIVE
UNI is 65-3 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: 5-0
TOTAL - 65-3 (2 of the losses against Southern Illinois)

HOME SWEET DOME
UNI is 182-45-1 (.799) 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 72-13 in home Missouri Valley Football Conference games, leading the league in home conference victories. 
     UNI went 4-0 in league home games in the 2011 season with victories over Western Illinois, Indiana State, Southern Illinois and Youngstown State.

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.

RENNIE IN MVFC PLAY
In six MVFC games this season, senior quarterback Tirrell Rennie is a combined 83-of-117 passing for a 70.9 percent completion rate. He has thrown for 1,123 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception in conference play.

JOHNSON COMFORTABLE IN THE ENDZONE
Redshirt freshman running back David Johnson has racked up 11 touchdowns in his first ten 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 (23-400; 17.4 avg), freshman Chad Owens (5-91; 18.2 avg) and junior Terrell Sinkfield (24-435; 18.1 avg) lead the UNI receiving corps in that category.

NOSE FOR THE BALL
UNI senior linebacker L.J. Fort ranks No. 2 the nation with five forced fumbles in ten games, and he is tied for No. 7 among active FCS players with seven forced fumbles in his career.

ABOVE AVERAGE
UNI senior quarterback Tirrell Rennie is averaging 5.47 yards per carry for his career - a mark that ranks him No. 9 among all active FCS players. 
     Running back Carlos Anderson owns an average of 5.40 yards per carry over 31 career games, putting him No. 13 on that same list.

AT THE CENTURY MARK
UNI quarterback Tirrell Rennie ranks No. 14 among all active FCS players with a career average of 91.9 rushing yards per game. Of the top 20 players on the list, Rennie is the only quarterback.

JOHNSON LATCHES ON TO 10 PASS RECEPTIONS VS. BISON
Redshirt freshman running back David Johnson caught a career-high 10 passes for a career-best 114 receiving yards in a 27-19 loss at No. 3-ranked North Dakota State. 
     It marked the most catches for a UNI player since running back Corey Lewis also caught 10 passes for 164 yards on Sept. 15, 2007, at South Dakota State.
     Johnson scored both touchdowns for the Panthers as he scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter and a 16-yard reception in the fourth quarter against the Bison.

INT STREAK HALTED
Senior quarterback Tirrell Rennie's school-record streak of pass attempts without an interception came to a halt against North Dakota State (10/29).
     Rennie had thrown 171 passes between interceptions before his pick against the Bison.

HERRING, BOOTHBY EARN ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
On Nov. 10, the UNI football team had two seniors named to the Capital One Academic All-District first team in District VI. Defensive lineman Ben Boothby claimed first-team All-District honors for the third-consecutive season, while receiver Jarred Herring was recognized for the first time.
     With this honor, Boothby becomes the only Panther football player in school history to be selected first-team Academic All-District on three different occasions.
     For being selected to the first team, Herring and Boothby will appear on the ballot for consideration for the honor of Academic All-American. 
     After posting a 3.89 cumulative grade point average on his way to graduating with a degree in movement and exercise science in May 2011, Boothby is currently pursuing a master's degree in kinesiology. Through nine games in 2011, he has recorded 54 tackles and leads UNI with 11.5 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks.
     Boothby (Clinton, Iowa/Clinton) is also a candidate for the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision. He was named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy this season and earned Academic All-America second-team recognition in 2010.
     Herring (Burlington, Iowa/Burlington) owns a 3.61 grade point average with a double major in psychology and family services. He has 22 receptions and a team-leading 394 receiving yards through nine games. Herring also leads UNI with 353 kick return yards on the season.
     The Capital One Academic All-District team honors student-athletes who excel both on the playing field and in the classroom. Selections are open to student-athletes who have reached sophomore academic standing and carry at least a 3.30 GPA. The awards are sponsored by and voted on by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.

 


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