UNI Set To Take On Southern Illinois On The Road
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Tuesday 10/08/2012
University of Northern Iowa at Southern Illinois
Game #6: Sat. Sept. 29, 2012  2:00 p.m. (Central)
Carbondale, Ill. :: Saluki Stadium
Radio: Panther Sports Network

The Game

The University of Northern Iowa football team will travel for the fourth time this season to take on the Southern Illinois Salukis in their third MVFC game of the season. The last time the Panthers won at Saluki Stadium was in 1996 when UNI defeated SIU 33-7.

The Coaches

UNI head coach Mark Farley is in his 12th season at the helm of the Panther sideline. Farley has posted a mark of 100-44, which includes seven trips to the NCAA FCS playoffs. Farley has notched a record of 60-20 in MVFC play, which ranks him No. 1 on the all-time league wins chart. Southern Illinois's head coach Dale Lennon ranks second in school history in winning percentage with a 29-18 (.617) record and two FCS Playoff appearances to his credit. Lennon was named SIU's 20th head coach in program history on Dec. 27, 2007. He guided the Salukis to back-to-back Missouri Valley Football Conference titles in 2008 and 2009 and was tabbed as the MVFC and AFCA Region IV Coach of the Year in both seasons.

The Program

The Panthers currently have an all-time record of 621-385-48. The Panthers currently have an all-time record of 621-385-48. The Panthers have been present in 16 playoffs, seven semifinals and one championship game. UNI has been ranked in the Top 25 in 99 consecutive polls, dating back to Nov. 15, 2004. The Panthers now hold the all-time Missouri Valley 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.

Bye Bye, BYE Week

The Panthers are 9-1 in the Mark Farley era after a BYE week.

Scouting The Salukis

Southern Illinois is coming into the match-up against the Panthers with an overall record of 3-3 and an MVFC record of 2-1. The Salukis are coming off a win at Illinois State last weekend.

Coach Farley Against The Salukis

The Panthers are 5-6 against SIU during the Mark Farley era, but defeated Southern Illinois last season in the UNI-Dome 17-10.

Wes Smith With A First

Wes Smith scored his first career receiving touchdown as a Panther against NDSU, cutting the lead to 20-14 in the third quarter.

Finish Strong

UNI is 1-4 for the first time since the 2004 season. The last time UNI started 1-4, the Panthers finished the 2004 season with six straight wins and posted a 7-4 overall record.

Season High

David Johnson rushed for a season high 85 yards against NDSU. His previous season high was his 84 yard game against Youngstown State.

Game Recap: Week 5

The Panthers battled the North Dakota State Bison on Saturday in an MVFC clash. North Dakota State defeated UNI 33-21. Xavier Williams blocked his second kick of the season and David Johnson rushed for a season high 85 yards. Wes Smith scored his first career touchdown and Jake Farley led the team in tackles for the second week in a row.

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