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UNI Ready To Start Conference Play Against Youngstown State

#8 University of Northern Iowa at #3 Youngstown State
Game #4: Sat. Sept. 22, 2012  6:05 p.m. (Central)
Youngstown, Ohio :: Stambaugh Stadium
Television: ESPN3
Radio: Panther Sports Network

The Game

The No. 8 University of Northern Iowa Panthers will travel for the third time this season when they head to Ohio to take on the Youngstown State Penguins on Sept. 22 at 6:05 p.m. The game is set to air live on ESPN3.

The Series

The Panthers have won the last 11 contests against the Penguins dating back to 2001. UNI defeated Youngstown State last season on their road to another MVFC title in a close match-up 21-17.

The Coaches

Head coach Mark Farley is entering his 12th season with a mark of 100-42. 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. Eric Wolford is entering his third season at the helm for the Youngstown State Penguins. In 2011, the Penguins, who have won four FCS National Championships, defeated a top-ranked team in the regular season for the first time in school history. The Penguins knocked off No. 1 North Dakota State 27-24 on Nov. 12 in the Fargodome. YSU set more than 30 team and game individual and season school records during the campaign.

The Program

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 week 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.

Opening Drive

Redshirt freshman Sawyer Kollmorgen started the game against Iowa 3-for-3 for 61 yards on the opening touchdown drive.

Big game, Big Points

Tyler Sievertsen knocked in a career long 49-yard field goal against Iowa. His previous career long field goal was 48-yards, which he accomplished three times last season. Sievertsen tied his career high of three field goals made with his 49-yard, 22-yard and 25-yard field goals against Iowa.

Big Kick

Kyle Bernard booted a 71-yard punt in the first half against Iowa, which was only four yards off of his career long 75-yard punt last season.


Ryan Bingaman started the season on the offensive line for the first two games, but played as a tight end for the Panthers against Iowa.

College Football Performance Award: Week 3

Each week, College Football Performance Awards names FCS players that have strong performances in their games. This week, Tyler Sievertsen was named the National Placekicker of the Week for three field goal performance against Iowa. David Johnson was named to the honorable mention list for All-Purpose performer of the week and Kyle Bernard notched National Punter of the Week.

Game Recap: Week 3

The Panthers got off to a quick start against the Hawkeyes when David Johnson sliced through the Iowa defense on the opening drive to put UNI up 7-0 early. Tyler Sievertsen scored nine points off of field goals to add to the Panther score. Sawyer Kollmorgen put up another 200+ yard game against the Hawkeyes, which marks his third of the season. Wilmot Wellington finished the game with 15 tackles, leading both teams on the defensive side.

Against The Hawkeyes

Saturday’s game marked the 16th time the Hawkeyes and Panthers have played on the football field. Iowa holds a 14-1 advantage in the series. It marked 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.

Last Meeting

The last time the two teams met in Iowa City was 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 0-3 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.

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