#7/#8 University of Northern Iowa at Iowa
Game #3: Sat. Sept. 15, 2012 2:30 p.m. (Central)
Iowa City, Iowa: Kinnick Stadium
Television: Big Ten Network (Ch. 611 on DirecTV)
Radio: Panther Sports Network
The University of Northern Iowa Panthers will travel to in-state foe the University of Iowa on Sept. 15 to take on the Hawkeyes in the Panthers second game this season against an FBS opponent.
The Hawkeyes currently hold a 14-1 advantage over the Panthers in the all-time series, with the Panthers being narrowly defeated in the 2009 match-up 17-16 when Iowa was ranked No. 22 in the AP polls.
Head coach Mark Farley is entering his 12th season with a mark of 100-41. He has guided the Panthers to a record of 60-20 for an impressive .750 winning percentage in MVFC play. He has led the team to seven conference championships, seven playoff appearances, 10 top-25 final rankings, three national semifinal appearances and one national title game appearance. Kirk Ferentz is beginning his 14th year as head football coach at the University of Iowa. His tenure as Iowa's head football coach trails only Hayden Fry, who led the Hawkeyes for 20 seasons. Ferentz is the dean of Big Ten Conference football coaches. He is tied for third in coaching longevity among BCS schools and tied for fifth among all Division I head coaches.
The Panthers currently have an all-time record of 621-384-47.
The Panthers have been present in 16 playoffs, seven semifinals and one championship game.
UNI has been ranked in the Top 25 in 94 consecutive polls, dating back to Nov. 15, 2004. The Panthers
are five weeks shy of setting an all-time Missouri Valley Football Conference record for consecutive weeks
in the polls.
UNI had seven players participating in NFL camps during the 2012 preseason including, Brandon Keith, Ryan Mahaffey, Chad Rinehart, Austin Howard, L.J. Fort, Austin Wells and Brad Meester.
Against The Hawkeyes
Saturday's game will mark the 16th time the Hawkeyes and Panthers have played on the football field. Iowa holds a 14-1 advantage in the series. It will mark the fifth meeting in the past 17 years after an 81-year gap in games from 1914-1995. UNI's only win in the series came on Nov. 5, 1898. The Panthers scored an 11-5 victory over the Hawkeyes that day in Cedar Falls.
The last time the two teams met in Iowa City on Sept. 5, 2009, the Hawkeyes hung on for a 17-16 win over the Panthers. Iowa was ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press poll (No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches' poll) going into that game. UNI placekicker Billy Hallgren had two field goals blocked in the final seven seconds of the game to allow Iowa to score the win.
Coach Farley vs. The Hawkeyes
UNI head coach Mark Farley is 0-2 all-time against Iowa. The Hawkeyes scored a 45-21 win over the Panthers on Sept. 17, 2005. The Hawks then tallied the 17-16 win over the Panthers on Sept. 5, 2009.
Wright On Point
Junior Phil Wright caught a seven yard pass from for a touchdown late in the first quarter, giving him his first career receiving touchdown.
The Panthers finished the game with four interceptions. The last time UNI had three or more interceptions in a game was against Illinois State in 2004.
Austin Ebertowski finished the game with three rushing touchdowns. The last time a Panther finished with three rushing touchdowns in a game was last season against Western Illinois.
Shutting Out The Marauders
The Panthers defeated the Central State Marauders 59-0. The last time the Panthers shut out an opponent was in 2009 when they defeated Western Illinois 34-0.
The Panthers were able to put up big numbers for the second week in a row with the win against Central State 59-0. The Panthers scored six offensive touchdowns and two defensive touchdowns. UNI racked up 471 total offensive yards including 160 on the ground and 311 in the air. For the second week in a row, redshirt freshman Sawyer Kollmorgen had a 200+ passing game. The defense also put on a strong performance coming away with four interceptions, 60 tackles and one quarterback sack.
This will be the second time this season that the Panthers have met an FBS opponent. It will also mark the second time this season that the Panthers have met an opponent from the Big Ten Conference.
The Hawkeyes currently have a record of 1-1. Iowa played a close game against Northern Illinois in their season opener, but came away with a 18-17 win. The Hawkeyes then lost to in-state rival Iowa State 9-6 this past weekend.
The game against Wisconsin is the largest crowd (79,568) that the Panthers have played in front of in the program's history. The next largest crowd the Panthers have played against was 70,585 against Iowa in 2005 and 2009.
Starting The Season
Jenks, Okla. native and redshirt freshman quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen has been named the starter for the Panthers. Kollmorgen will become the fifth freshman to start at quarterback in UNI history. The last time a UNI freshman quarterback started against an FBS opponent, the Panthers defeated Ball State, 42-39. Tom Petrie started against Ball State on Sept. 22, 2001, and guided the Panthers to a victory in that game. The last time a UNI freshman quarterback started a season opener came when Tom Petrie opened up the 2001 season with a 34-14 victory over Wayne State (Mich.) on Aug. 30, 2001.
First Quarter Showdown
Only one team during the 2011 season was able to keep Wisconsin from scoring a touchdown in the first quarter. Illinois and Wisconsin went scoreless in the first quarter of their match-up last season. The Panthers held the Badgers to a mere three points during the first quarter.
Senior punter Kyle Bernard opened his season at Wisconsin with a thunderous 51-yard punt in the first quarter and a 50-yard punt in the third quarter. During the 2011 season he finished the season with nine 50-plus yard punts.
Among the Few
Ohio and Illinois were the only two teams during the 2011 season to keep Wisconsin under the 14-point mark at halftime. The Panthers limited the Badgers to only two field goals and a late second quarter touchdown.
First time for Everything
Chad Owens scored his first receiving touchdown in his collegiate career against Wisconsin. He notched a rushing touchdown during the 2011 season.
Wilmot Wellington finished the game against Wisconsinwith 15 tackles and a new career high. His previous career high tackles was against Wofford last season with 12.
In 2009, the Panthers were narrowly defeated by No. 21 Iowa 17-16. The game against Wisconsin serves as the second closest deficit by the Panthers against a ranked FBS opponent.
Big Time Receptions
The game against Wisconsin counts as David Johnson's first career multi-reception touchdown game. It was his fifth multiple touchdown game in his career.
MVFC Player of the Week: Week #1
The Panthers garnered two MVFC honors after the first week of play with Sawyer Kollmorgen being named the MVFC Newcomer of the Week and Garrett Scott being named the MVFC Defensive Player of the Week. Kollmorgen opened his freshman campaign against a strong Wisconsin defense and finished with 18-of-34 completed passes, 265 yards and three touchdowns. Scott helped the UNI Panthers keep the Wisconsin Badgers under 30 points for only the third time in the last year. He notched 15 tackles against the high powered Badger offense including six solo and nine assisted
The Panthers are already gaining national attention after their performance against Wisconsin. Sawyer Kollmorgen was chosen as part of The Sports Network FCS National Player of the Week. He was chosen as the Co-Freshman of the week for his stellar outing against Wisconsin.
Getting in the Game
Forty-seven different Panthers made their season debut against the Badgers. Among the group that saw action in the game were 10 freshman.
Racking up the Points
Junior kicker Tyler Sievertsen has scored at least three points (field goals or extra points) in 15 consecutive games. He finished second inthe FCS in field goal percentage at 90 percent last season.
UNI is 57-50-7 all-time in season openers and 14-9 in the last 21 years. UNI is 6-6 in season openers under head coach Mark Farley. The last time UNI opened the season with a road win came in 2006, when the Panthers defeated Drake. The last time UNI opened the season with a road win over an FBS opponent came in 1998, when the Panthers tallied a 13-10 win at Eastern Michigan.
Home Sweet Dome
UNI is 184-45-1 in the UNI-Dome. The Panthers have gone undefeated at home in a season eight times since 1990. Prior to 1998, the Panthers had two consecutive winning seasons in the Dome. The Panthers have posted four perfect seasons at home under head coach Mark Farley. The Panthers are 73-13 in home Missouri Valley Football Conference games.
2011 Inside the Dome
The Panthers finished the 2011 season with a 6-0 record inside the Dome, including a decisive win against Wofford in the FCS playoffs.
Senior running back Carlos Anderson broke the career 2,000 yard rushing mark on Saturday against the Marauders with his 68-yard performance. He now sits on a total of 2,009 rushing yards and is only 388 yards shy of being on the Panther's All-Time Career Rushing Top-10 list.