Game #11: Sat. Nov. 17, 2012 4:00 p.m. (Central)
Cedar Falls, Iowa :: UNI-DOME
Radio: Panther Sports Network
The University of Northern Iowa will wrap up the 2012 season with their final game against the Missouri State Bears in the UNI-Dome on Saturday Nov. 17 at 4:00 p.m.
UNI head coach Mark Farley is in his 12th season at the helm of the Panther sideline. Farley has posted a mark of 103-46, which includes seven trips to the NCAA FCS playoffs. Farley has notched a record of 63-24 in MVFC play, which ranks him No. 1 on the all-time league wins chart. The 2012 season will mark Terry Allen's seventh year at the helm of the Missouri State program. Allen was named Missouri State's 19th head football coach on December 20, 2005, and has produced 41 all-conference players and 24 academic all-conference players in his first six campaigns in Springfield. Prior to his arrival in Springfield, Allen's 75-26 record between 1989 and 1996 at UNI made him the winningest coach in MVFC history at the time. His Panther teams won or shared league titles seven straight seasons from 1990-96 and competed in the NCAA playoffs each of his last seven years, including runs to the national semifinals in 1992 and 1996. UNI was also undefeated at home in conference play during his tenure in Cedar Falls.
The Series against the Bears
UNI holds a 27-5 lead in the all-time series vs. Missouri State. UNI has won six straight games in the series and 12 of the last 13 meetings. UNI is 14-2 in the UNI-Dome vs. Missouri State. UNI has won six straight home games vs. Missouri State. The Bears's only two victories in the Dome came in 1988 (26-9) and 1998 (24-21).
UNI Has Missouri State's Number
UNI has won six straight matchups vs. Missouri State and dominated the scoring in all six games. UNI has outscored MSU by the count of 233-52 over the last six meetings. UNI has won the six games by an average of 30.1 points per matchup. UNI is averaging 38.8 points per game vs. the Bears, and giving up only 8.7 points per game in those six matchups.
Missouri State This Year
Missouri State will enter Saturday's game with a mark of 3-7 overall and 3-4 in the MVFC. Missouri State started the season 0-6, but won three straight Missouri Valley Football Conference games over South Dakota (27-24), Illinois State (24-17) and Western Illinois (42-3). The Bears dropped their last game at home to No. 1-ranked North Dakota State, 21-17.
David Johnson is now tied for 10th at UNI in career rushing touchdowns with 20. He is tied with current associated head coach/co-offensive coordinator Bill Salmon for 10th on the rushing touchdowns list. He is also now tied for 10th at UNI in career touchdowns scored with 28. He is tied with Mike Furrey (1997-99) with 28 touchdowns. Furrey had 27 receiving touchdowns and 1 return touchdown. Johnson has 20 rushing touchdowns and eight receiving touchdowns.
Block That Kick
Xavier Williams tied the UNI record for blocked kicks in a season with his fourth blocked kick against the South Dakota Coyotes.
Jordan Gacke was honored by the College Football Performance Awards for his 11 tackle performance against South Dakota. He was named Linebacker of the Week honorable mention.
David Johnson had his fourth multi-touchdown game of the season against South Dakota. He finished the game with three touchdowns.
David Johnson has 16 touchdowns this season and is only three away from tying the school record for touchdowns scored in a season. David Horne set the record of 19 touchdowns during the 2005 season.
David Johnson was named College Sports Madness's MVFC Offensive Player of the week, MVFC Offensive Player of the Week and College Football Performance Awards all-purpose honorable mention for his three touchdown performance against South Dakota. He finished the game with two rushing touchdowns for 130 yards and one 20-yard catch for a receiving touchdown.