Football Set To Open Season At Iowa State on Aug. 31
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Friday 08/26/2013

#16/17 UNI at Iowa State
Site: Ames, Iowa
Venue: Jack Trice Stadium
Date: Aug. 31, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
TV: Mediacom
Streaming: (via subscription)
Radio: 1540 KXEL (Panther Sports Radio Network)
Live Stats:

The Basics:
The University of Northern Iowa football team opens the 2013 season against the Iowa State Cyclones on Aug. 31 in Ames, Iowa. The game is set to start at 7:00 p.m. and will air on Mediacom. Fans can also follow along with the action by listening to the Panther Sports Network (Flagship-1540 AM KXEL) with the voice of the Panthers, Gary Rima.

The Series: Iowa State leads the series 20-4, with the series between the two teams starting in 1899. In the last meeting between the two teams, Iowa State defeated UNI by just one point in 2011, 20-19. The last time the Panthers beat Iowa State was in 2007 when UNI posted a 24-13 win in Ames. UNI’s other three wins against Iowa State happened in 1994, 1992 and 1900.

What to Watch For: UNI will open the 2013 season at No. 16/17 after ending the 2012 season on a three-game winning streak. Iowa State finished with an overall record of 6-7 and a conference record of 3-6 last season, losing three of its last four games. The Panthers have 13 starters returning this season while the Cyclones will be bringing back 11. David Johnson has shined in his last three games against FBS opponents and will look to lead the Panther offense. Johnson notched 398 combined all-purpose yards against Iowa State (2011), Wisconsin (2012) and Iowa (2012).

About the Panthers:
16 appearances in FCS Playoffs
7 trips to FCS semifinals
2005 FCS National Championship game appearance
6 Top-5 rankings since 2001
16 Missouri Valley Football Conference championships
6 seasons of 10+ wins since 2001
186-47-1 all-time in the UNI-Dome
69 wins over Top-25 opponents
Tied the MVFC record for most consecutive weeks ranked in the Top-25 at 99 during the 2012 season.
Finished the year in the Top-25 in 10 of the last 12 seasons.
Has had 31 first-team All-MVFC selections since 2007, the most in the league.

Follow the Panthers Online: UNI fans can get all their Panther news and notes on Fans can also follow UNI on Facebook at, Twitter at @UNIAthletics and YouTube at The UNI Football program also has individual accounts on Facebook (UNI Football) and on Twitter (@UNIFootball/@CoachMarkFarley).

Weekly Press Conference: UNI will host a weekly press luncheon at Pepper’s in Cedar Falls on Mondays at noon. All of the in-season sports’ head coaches will address the media with a weekly recap/preview of their team and then will be open to questions. All media and fans are welcome to attend the weekly luncheon.

Interview Requests: All interview requests can be made through the UNI Athletic Communications staff 24 hours in advance. Media wishing to make an interview request can contact Jordie Lindley ( 319-273-3642) or Colin McDonough ( 319-273-5456).

Radio: In 2013-14 News/Talk 1540 KXEL will begin its 14th year as the flagship radio station of the University of Northern Iowa Panther Sports Network. UNI Athletics and The Radio Group of Waterloo have a broadcast agreement that carries the Panthers on the “Blow Torch” through this season. The Panther Sports Network will carry all regular and post-season Panther football games and the weekly Mark Farley Show. Panther Sports Properties works to coordinate the Panther Sports Network, which includes 12 stations.

The last time against Iowa State: The last time the Panthers faced off against the Cyclones was in 2011 when Iowa State beat UNI by one point, 20-19. UNI took the lead with less than five minutes remaining in the game on an 80-yard pass from Tirrell Rennie to David Johnson for a touchdown to make the score 19-14, but Iowa State scored with 40 seconds left in the game on a one-yard rush to win 20-19.

UNI against the FBS: UNI has an all-time record of 20-66-5 vs. FBS opponents. Most of the success has come in the last 26 years, with a 9-23 mark against FBS teams since 1985. Farley is 2-12 against FBS opponents with wins over Ball State (42-39, Sept. 22, 2001) and Iowa State (24-13, Sept. 8, 2007).

Opening Day: UNI is 57-50-7 all-time in season openers and 14-9 in the last 22 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.

This is a Panther State: On the 2013 roster, the Panthers have 67 student-athletes from the state of Iowa compared with the 49 and 46 state of Iowa student-athletes on the University of Iowa and Iowa State’s football rosters. UNI will wear a decal on its helmets this year featuring the state of Iowa and a Panther logo.

Home Sweet Dome: UNI is 186-47-1 in the UNI-Dome. The Panthers have gone undefeated at home in a season eight times since 1990. 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.

New Faces, Same Dome: UNI fans will see some new faces this season as the Panthers welcome 35 newcomers. The Panthers have three new additions to the coaching staff with defensive line coach Bryce Paup, defensive backs coach Brandon Lynch and tight ends coach Ryan Mahaffey all joining the 2013 staff.

All in the Family: The Panther football team has two father-son duos on the squad with defensive line coach Bryce Paup’s son Alex Paup joining the team this fall. Alex transferred to UNI after playing at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Last season, head coach Mark Farley’s son Jake Farley transferred in from the University of Kansas and led the team in tackles in his first year in purple and old gold.

100-Win Club: Head coach Mark Farley earned his 100th career win during the 2012 season against Central State during the 2012 season. He now has an all-time record of 104-46 in his 12 years at the helm. Stan Sheriff holds the UNI record with 129 wins when he was the head coach from 1960-82.

Numbers Speak: UNI is 73-5 in the Mark Farley era (2001-present) when holding the opposition to 20 points or less. The Panthers are 68-4 in the Farley years when scoring 30 or more points in a game.

Starting with Experience: The Panthers will be returning seven offensive starters and six defensive starters to the team this season. UNI fans will get to see the dynamic duo of quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen and running back/all-purpose performer David Johnson on the gridiron this fall along with experience at the defensive line position with Chris Jepsen, Xavier Williams and Mac O’Brien all making their return.

Finish at the Top: Senior placekicker Tyler Sievertsen had another successful year during the 2012 season. He begins the 2013 season as the active leader in career field goal percentage in the FCS (84.9). He also notched a career long field goal last year against Iowa when he kicked a 49-yarder.

Stats, Stats, Stats: Compared to their opponents, UNI came out on top in almost every offensive statistical category during the 2012 season. The Panthers outscored their opponents 333-235, averaging 30.3 points per game. UNI finished with 1,637 rushing yards compared to its opponents 1,565. UNI also had 2,594 total passing yards at the end of the 2012 season, which accounted for 435 more than its opponents.

Running for Records: David Johnson stapled himself in the UNI record book last season, starting in seven games and scoring 18 touchdowns. The junior from Clinton, Iowa is 10th all-time at UNI in career touchdowns with 30 and tied for ninth all-time at UNI in rushing touchdowns with 22.

Tough Slate: The Panthers will meet four teams that are ranked in the preseason Top 25 polls. North Dakota State is ranked first in both the Sports Network and the FCS Coaches polls while South Dakota State lands at No. 6/7. Illinois State came in at No. 13/10 and Youngstown State was ranked No. 24 in the FCS Coaches poll. Missouri State, McNeese State and Southern Illinois are all receiving votes in both polls.

Finishing Strong: UNI finished the 2012 season in the Top 50 in the FCS in 10 statistical categories. On the offensive side of the ball the Panthers finished ranked No. 36 in passing offense (234.91), No. 32 in scoring offense (30.27), No. 27 in passing efficiency (140.68) and No. 2 at kickoff returns (26.29). On defense, UNI was ranked No. 26 in sacks allowed (1.45) and No. 27 in scoring defense (21.36). UNI also had several players finish in the Top 25 in individual statistical categories including Sawyer Kollmorgen being ranked No. 25 in pass efficiency (141.88) and David Johnson finishing tied for fifth in the FCS in scoring (9.82 ppg).

Block that Kick: Junior defensive lineman Xavier Williams set a new school record last season in blocked kicks in a season. The Grandview, Mo., native notched five blocked kicks last season to set the new record. The 311-pound lineman blocked kicks against Wisconsin, North Dakota State, Southern Illinois, South Dakota and Missouri State.

From the Training Room, to the Field: Several players that were injured during the 2012 season will make their return this season, including redshirt junior captain Zach Cutkomp. Cutkomp suffered a season-ending injury against Iowa last season, but was able to rack up 10 tackles, 1.5 TFL and a 16-yard interception return for a touchdown. Collin Albrecht will also see the field again after getting injured against Southern Illinois. Evan Williams, who missed the entire 2012 season will also see action in 2013 after having a successful spring game where he notched 57 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Pride at Practice: In the game of football, the wide receivers and defensive backs have always had a fierce competition and it is no different at UNI. The Panther wide receivers have named themselves “The Bomb Squad” while the defensive backs are called “DB Nation” as they battle for pride and yardage at every practice and scrimmage. Wide receivers coach Todd Blythe says that it adds intensity anytime the two groups go up against each other in practice and pushes his players to be an explosive group that can make big plays when called upon.

Freshman No More: Sawyer Kollmorgen became the fifth freshman to start at quarterback in UNI history in 2012. Kollmorgen ended up earning College Football Performance Awards co-National Freshman of the Year, MVFC Newcomer and Freshman of the Year and finished second in voting for the Jerry Rice Award. The sophomore will come back to the field this season with 11 games under his belt after finishing the 2012 season second in the conference in total offense, averaging 228.4 yards per game and finishing second in passing average per game with 222.7.

Freshmen on the Line: Sophomore Deiondre’ Hall was one of only two true freshmen to start a game last season. The Blue Springs, Mo. native started six games in 2012 racking up 29 tackles during his freshman campaign. Tim Kilfoy started one game as a true freshman last season, but saw action in all 11 games as a defensive back.

Players of the Week: The Panthers were honored several times last season for individual performances throughout the year. UNI came away with individuals winning MVFC Player of the Week honors, including Sawyer Kollmorgen winning twice. Garrett Scott, David Johnson and Dan Kruger all picked up one honor during the season. Kollmorgen was also honored nationally by the Sports Network and the College Sports Journal by being named National Freshman of the Week after his performance against Wisconsin.

Cedar Falls vs. Ames: The Panthers have six players on their 2013 roster that are from the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area and just one player from the city of Ames while Iowa State only has two players from the city of Ames and one from Cedar Falls.

Under the Lights: During the 2012 season, the Panthers didn’t play a single game later than 6 p.m. The game against Iowa State is the latest start on the 2013 schedule. Since the 2009 season, the Panthers are currently 7-3 in games that start at 6 p.m. or later.

UNI vs. the Big 12: The Panthers have only faced off against two other Big 12 teams other than Iowa State. UNI played Kansas State three times from 1985-1989, winning each game. The Panthers also played Oklahoma State twice (1990 and 2002). UNI is 7-22 all-time against current Big 12 programs.

Off the Field Accolades: UNI landed 29 student-athletes on the MVFC 2012-13 Honor Roll for their performances in the classroom during the 2012 season. Collin Albrecht, Kyle Bernard and John Hubbard all received the highest academic recognition by the MVFC by being named to the President’s Academic Award. Kirk Harris, Ryan Dixon, Casey DeHoedt, Max Busher, Jarod Syndergaard, Jack Rummells, Daniel Kruger, Tim Sauer, Albrecht, Bernard, Hubbard and Jacob Rathmacher all also received the Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award.

2013 Roster: The Panthers have 13 seniors, 25 juniors, 25 sophomores and 39 freshmen (18 true freshmen/21 redshirts) on the 2013 roster. UNI returns 23 players that started at least one game last season. Senior offensive lineman Dan Kruger leads the team with 27 career starts.


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