#2 UNI Collides With #3 NDSU in Fargodome

Courtesy: University of Northern Iowa Athletics

#2/#2 University of Northern Iowa (6-1, 5-0 MVFC) vs. #3/#3 North Dakota State (7-0, 4-0 MVFC)

Game #8 - Sat., Oct. 29, 2011 - 3 p.m. (Central)
Fargo, N.D. - Fargodome (18,700/Artificial)

Series vs. NDSU: UNI leads 25-18
Television: Fox College Sports Central
Radio: Panther Sports Network

UNI FOOTBALL QUICK HITS

The No. 2-ranked University of Northern Iowa football team will travel to Fargo, N.D., on Sat., Oct. 29, to take on the North Dakota State Bison. Kick is set for 3 p.m. in the Fargodome.


UNI's defense is No. 2 in the nation with an average of 13.29 points allowed per game. North Dakota State is allowing 11.57 points per game - the best mark in the FCS.


UNI holds a 25-18 lead in the all-time series with North Dakota State. UNI has won three games in a row in the series, including a 16-9 win last season in the UNI-Dome.


UNI has the most wins in MVFC history against ranked FCS opponents, with a 66-41 mark all-time.


UNI has its first 5-0 start in conference play since 2007. The Panthers finished the MVFC slate with a perfect 6-0 mark that year.


UNI's mark of 14 defensive interceptions to zero interceptions thrown (+14) is the best margin in all of Division I football (FBS and FCS combined).


With 23 pass attempts against Southern Illinois on Saturday, UNI quarterback Tirrell Rennie has now thrown 146 consecutive passes without an interception, setting a new UNI school record. Rennie has thrown 144 passes this season without an interception and the streak also includes his final two passes of the 2010 season.


Senior linebacker L.J. Fort is No. 3 in the nation and leading the MVFC with an average of 13.0 tackles per game. Fort has posted at least 11 tackles in each of the Panthers' seven games for a total of 91 tackles this season.


With a 17-10 win over Southern Illinois (10/22), UNI head coach Mark Farley is now tied for second on the all-time wins list for Panther head coaches. Farley's 95 wins tie him with Clyde Starbeck, who coached UNI from 1936-42 and 1945-57. Stan Sheriff is the all-time wins leader with 129. Farley is the Panthers' all-time postseason wins leader with nine (9-6 all-time in the playoffs).


UNI has posted an all-time record of 616-381-47 since the inception of Panther football in 1895.
The Panthers boasted of nine players in the National Football League (when camps opened in late July), a list which includes: Brad Meester (Jacksonville Jaguars), Benny Sapp (Miami Dolphins), Brandon Keith (Arizona Cardinals), Chad Rinehart (Buffalo Bills), Austin Howard (Philadelphia Eagles), James Ruffin (Cincinnati Bengals), Quentin Scott (Oakland Raiders), Schuylar Oordt (St. Louis Rams) and Ryan Mahaffey (Baltimore Ravens). Oordt was signed to the Jaguars practice squad Oct. 12.


THE GAME
The No. 2-ranked University of Northern Iowa football team will travel to Fargo, N.D., on Sat., Oct. 29, to take on the North Dakota State Bison. Kick is set for 3 p.m. in the Fargodome.

THE SERIES
UNI holds a 25-18 lead in the all-time series with North Dakota State.
UNI has won three games in a row in the series, including a 16-9 win last season in the UNI-Dome.
It will mark the fourth meeting between the two schools since UNI head coach Mark Farley took over the Panther program. Farley is 3-0 vs. NDSU.

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS VS. NDSU
1938 at NDSU L, 14-7
1939 vs NDSU W, 19-0
1940 at NDSU W, 13-7
1941 vs NDSU W, 51-0
1942 at NDSU W, 27-19
1946 vs NDSU W, 21-0
1947 at NDSU W, 13-12
1948 vs NDSU W, 19-0
1949 at NDSU W, 27-0
1950 vs NDSU W, 33-25
1951 at NDSU L, 27-14
1952 vs NDSU W, 32-0
1953 at NDSU W,27-21
1954 vs NDSU W, 39-0
1955 at NDSU W, 32-0
1956 vs NDSU L, 19-13
1957 at NDSU W, 18-0
1958 vs NDSU W, 21-11
1959 at NDSU L, 32-22
1960 vs NDSU W, 19-7
1961 at NDSU W, 33-8
1962 vs NDSU W, 33-0
1963 at NDSU L, 21-0
1964 vs NDSU L, 14-7
1965 at NDSU L, 20-7
1966 vs NDSU W 41-14
1967 at NDSU L, 10-9
1968 vs NDSU L, 31-15
1969 at NDSU L, 41-13
1970 vs NDSU L, 43-10
1971 at NDSU L, 23-11
1972 vs NDSU L, 42-0
1973 at NDSU L, 21-0
1974 vs NDSU W, 20-0
1975 at NDSU W, 23-16
1976 vs NDSU L, 10-9
1977 at NDSU L, 38-0
1978 at NDSU L, 42-14
1979 vs NDSU W, 21-10
1982 at NDSU L, 12-7
2008 vs NDSU W, 23-13
2009 at NDSU W, 42-27
2010 vs NDSU W, 16-9

THE COACHES
UNI head coach Mark Farley is in his 11th season at the helm of the Panther sideline. Farley has posted a mark of 95-38 in 11 seasons, which includes six trips to the NCAA FCS playoffs. Farley has notched a record of 58-19 in MVFC play, which ranks him No. 1 on the all-time league wins chart.
Craig Bohl is in his ninth year at the helm of the NDSU program. Bohl has posted a mark of 68-30 for the Bison. Bohl is 0-3 vs. UNI.

TELEVISION
The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports College Central. Dan Hammer (play-by-play), Lee Timmerman (analyst), Kevin Feeney (analyst) and Jamal Spencer (sideline) will call the action.

RADIO
The game will be broadcast on the Panther Sports Radio Network. Gary Rima (play-by-play) and Scott Peterson (analyst) will call the action.

UNI PANTHERS INSIDE ACCESS
Panther fans will be able to view most of UNI's home football games on www.UNIPanthers.com through UNI Panthers Inside Access. For a nominal fee, fans can get live streamed audio and video of most home games of UNI volleyball, football, men's basketball, women's basketball and wrestling as well as some road contests. To sign up, please go to UNI's official athletic website at www.unipanthers.com and click on the Panthers Inside Access link on the front page.

PANTHER POINTS

NORTH DAKOTA STATE BISON
North Dakota State enters Saturday as one of three teams in FCS with an undefeated record at 7-0. Georgia Southern and Sam Houston State are the only other FCS schools with perfect records.

DEFENSE ON DISPLAY
UNI's defense is No. 2 in the nation with an average of 13.29 points
allowed per game. North Dakota State is allowing 11.57 points per game
- the best mark in the FCS.
NDSU has given up 81 points through seven games, while the Panthers have allowed 93 points through seven contests.

OTHER LOFTY NUMBERS
UNI ranks No. 4 in the nation in turnover margin (+1.86/game), while NDSU ranks No. 6 in the nation in turnover margin (+1.57/game).
NDSU ranks No. 8 in the nation in total defense (296.86 yards/game).

BOOTHBY LIKES BISON MEAT
UNI senior defensive lineman Ben Boothby posted historic numbers the
last time UNI met up with NDSU.
In the 2010 matchup between the two teams, Boothby tied a single-game school record with four sacks,
earning MVFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. He notched seven
total tackles in the Panthers' 16-9 win.

AGAINST THE BEST
UNI has the most wins in MVFC history against ranked FCS opponents, with a 66-41 mark all-time.
The Panthers are 2-0 this season against ranked FCS opponents with victories against No. 16 Stephen F. Austin and No. 17 Indiana State.

ROAD DOME SUCCESS
UNI is 3-0 in its last three games played on the road in domed stadiums. UNI scored a 19-14 win last year over South Dakota in the Dakota Dome.
The Panthers posted a 42-27 win over NDSU in the Fargodome on Oct. 10, 2009.
UNI also secured a 45-21 win over Northern Arizona in the Skydome on Nov. 20, 2004.
UNI's last loss on the road in a domed stadium came on Nov. 5, 1994 in a 21-12 loss to Idaho in the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho.



PERFECT VS. PERFECT IN MVFC
On Nov. 7, 2009, South Dakota State (6-0) and Southern Illinois (6-0) played each other in Brookings. It's the latest date in a season on which two perfect conference teams faced each other.
On Oct. 29, North Dakota State (4-0) hosts UNI (5-0), representing the second-latest date for a battle of league unbeatens.
The third-latest such game in league history occurred on Oct. 13, 2003, as Southern Illinois (6-0) faced UNI (5-0).

TWO MVFC TEAMS IN THE TOP 3
The Sept. 19, 2005, the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll had Western Kentucky ranked at No. 1 and Southern Illinois at No. 2. That marked the only two times that's happened in conference history. Notably, the league has occupied two of the top three spots in the Top 25 rankings on nine occasions, including twice this season.

Poll Teams (Rank)
S15, 2003 Western Illinois (2), Western Ky. (3)
S22, 2003 Western Illinois (2), Western Ky. (3)
N22, 2004 Southern Illinois (1), Western Ky. (3)
S12, 2005 Southern Illinois (1), Western Ky. (2)
S19, 2005 Western Ky. (1), Southern Illinois (2)
S26, 2005 Southern Illinois (2), Western Ky. (3)
O3, 2005 Southern Illinois (2), Western Ky. (3)
O10, 2005 Southern Illinois (1), Western Ky. (3)
O18, 2011 UNI (2), North Dakota State (3)
O25, 2011 UNI (2), North Dakota State (3)

5-0 MVFC START
UNI has its first 5-0 start in conference play since 2007. The Panthers finished the MVFC slate with a perfect 6-0 mark that year.

4-0 MVFC STARTS ARE IMPORTANT
On Oct. 22, UNI improved its conference record to 5-0 after defeating Southern Illinois, 17-10. North Dakota State is also 4-0 in league play after downing South Dakota State.
Not including UNI and NDSU this year, a league team has started conference play with a 4-0 record 26 previous times in league history.
All but one (Western Kentucky in 2005) finished second or better in the league standings.
Twenty-one of the previous 26 with 4-0 or better starts earned playoff berths, while 18 won the league title.

5-0 & 6-0 MVFC STARTS
Only 10 teams in league history have started a season with at least six-straight conference victories. (18 teams, counting UNI this season, have started 5-0).
All of the previous 17 teams to start 5-0 finished second or better in the league standings. Sixteen of the 17 earned playoff berths; and 15 won the title. Ten of them went undefeated in league play.
Only three times in league history (1987, 2003, 2009) have two teams started 5-0 or better the same season:

Year Team, Note (* - denotes playoffs)
1985 *UNI was 5-0, won league [at 5-0]^
1987 *UNI was 6-0, won league [at 6-0]^
W. Illinois started 5-0, finished second
1988 *W. Illinois was 6-0, won league [at 6-0]^
1989 *MSU started 5-0, won league
1994 *UNI was 6-0, won league [at 6-0]^
1995 *UNI started 5-0, won league
1996 *UNI was 5-0, won league [at 5-0]^
1997 *W. Illinois was 6-0, won league [at 6-0]^
1998 *W. Illinois started 5-0, won league
1999 *Illinois St. was 6-0, won league [at 6-0]^
2003 *UNI started 5-0, won league
*S. Illinois started 6-0, won league
2004 *S. Illinois was 7-0, won league [at 7-0]^
2007 *UNI was 6-0, won league [at 6-0]^
2009 *S. Illinois was 8-0, won league [at 8-0]^
*S. Dakota St. started 6-0, finished second
2011 UNI has started the season 5-0
^teams that went undefeated in league play

RARE TOP-5 TUSSLE IN MVFC
This week's UNI-NDSU game will mark the sixth time in MVFC history that two teams ranked in the Top 5 played one another.

Date, Teams, Result
10/19/96, #5 MSU at #3 UNI UNI, 38-31
11/22/97, #2 WIU at #4 YSU WIU, 24-21
10/4/03, #5 WKU at #2 WIU WIU, 33-28
10/16/04, #4 WKU at #1 SIU SIU, 38-10
10/17/09, #5 SIU at #2 UNI SIU, 27-20
10/29/11, #2 UNI at #3 NDSU ???

DEFENSIVE DOMINATION
UNI matched a single-game school record with 11 sacks as a team against NDSU in 2010. The Panthers held the Bison to negative-40 net yards rushing on 31 attempts last year and forced three turnovers in the 16-9 victory.

BALANCED RECEIVING
Seven different Panthers have led UNI in receptions in a game this year.
Darion Howard, Josh Collins (twice), Jarred Herring (twice), Brett LeMaster, David Johnson, Terrell Sinkfield (twice) and Kevin Vereen Jr. have all either led UNI or tied for the team lead in catches in a game this season.

SECOND-HALF SHUTDOWN
A fourth-quarter field goal by Southern Illinois on Saturday marked the first time UNI had allowed any second-half points since a 38-10 win over Western Illinois on Sept. 24.
The Panthers had gone three consecutive games without an opponent scoring in the final 30 minutes.
In five MVFC games, UNI has allowed just 10 total points in the second half.

THIRD QUARTER ADVANTAGE
UNI is enjoying a 48-6 scoring advantage in the third quarter of games this season.
Stephen F. Austin is the only team to score in the third quarter vs. UNI and the Lumberjacks managed a pair of field goals on Sept. 10.

RENNIE'S RECORD STILL CLEAN
With 23 pass attempts against Southern Illinois on Saturday, UNI quarterback Tirrell Rennie has now thrown 146 consecutive passes without an interception, setting a new UNI school record. Rennie has thrown 144 passes this season without an interception and the streak also includes his final two passes of the 2010 season.
Eric Sanders held the previous UNI school record with 138 pass attempts in 2007.
Rennie's streak is currently the third-longest in the FCS, behind Cal Poly's Andre Broadus (169) and Richmond's Aaron Corp (147).

Att. Name School
169 Andre Broadous Cal Poly
147 Aaron Corp Richmond
146 Tirrell Rennie UNI

SIEVERTSEN CONTINUES TO
CONVERT
Sophomore placekicker Tyler Sievertsen leads the Panthers in scoring this season with 54 points through the first seven games.
Sievertsen has made six straight field goals and is 10-of-11 on three-pointers this season. Sievertsen has connected on all 24 extra points.
Sievertsen drilled a career-long tying 48-yard field goal in the third quarter of UNI's 17-10 win over Southern Illinois (10/22).
FARLEY TIED FOR 2ND
With a 17-10 win over Southern Illinois (10/22), UNI head coach Mark Farley is now tied for second on the all-time wins list for Panther head coaches. Farley's 95 wins tie him with Clyde Starbeck, who coached UNI from 1936-42 and 1945-57.
Starbeck (95-58-10) needed 163 games to reach 95 wins, while Farley (95-38) only needed 133. Stan Sheriff is the all-time wins leader with 129.

NEARLY FLAWLESS IN RED ZONE
UNI is No. 7 in the nation in Red Zone scoring efficiency. The Panthers are 23-for-25 (92.0 percent) in Red Zone scoring opportunities this year. UNI has scored 17 touchdowns and has kicked six field goals in the Red Zone.
Last season, UNI converted 67 percent (30-of-45) of its trips inside the Red Zone, including only 38 percent for touchdowns (17-of-45).

NO. 4 IN TURNOVER MARGIN
UNI is ranked fourth in the nation in average turnover margin with a mark of plus-1.86 per contest.
The Panthers have 21 takeaways (14 INTs, 7 fumble recoveries) and have only turned the ball over eight times this season.
UNI finished the 2010 season with 22 total takeaways and 24 turnovers.

NO PICKS HERE
UNI is one of three FCS schools in the nation that has not thrown an interception in 2011.
Georgia Southern and Cal Poly have also not thrown any INTs this season.

TOP OF THE VALLEY TO YA!
UNI head coach Mark Farley took over the all-time Missouri Valley Football Conference lead in victories with his 55th in the Panthers' 42-7 win at Missouri State (10/1).
Farley and Missouri State head coach Terry Allen entered the UNI-MSU game tied at 54 apiece. Farley has posted a league mark of 58-19 in 11 seasons.
Farley is also 6-0 in head-to-head matchups vs. the Panthers' former head coach Allen.

DEFENSIVELY SPEAKING
UNI is 67-5 in the Mark Farley era (2001-present) when holding the opposition to 20 points or less.

UNI when holding the opp. to 20 or less
2001: 7-0
2002: 2-0
2003: 6-1 (lost to Iowa St 17-10)
2004: 4-1 (lost to Western Kentucky 17-10)
2005: 6-0
2006: 5-0
2007: 10-0
2008: 10-0
2009: 6-1 (lost to Iowa 17-16)
2010: 6-1 (lost to Lehigh 14-7)
2011: 5-1 (lost to Iowa State 20-19)
TOTAL - 67-5 (3 of the losses against FBS schools)

GETTING OFFENSIVE
UNI is 64-3 in the Mark Farley era (2001-present) when scoring 30 or more points in a game.

UNI when scoring 30 or more points
2001: 6-0
2002: 2-0
2003: 6-0
2004: 6-1 (lost to Southern Illinois 40-36)
2005: 7-0
2006: 6-1 (lost to North Dakota 35-31)
2007: 9-0
2008: 8-0
2009: 6-0
2010: 4-1 (lost to Southern Illinois 45-38)
2011: 4-0
TOTAL - 64-3 (2 of the losses against Southern Illinois)

HOME SWEET DOME
UNI is 180-45-1 (.799) in the UNI-Dome. The Panthers have gone undefeated at home in a season seven times since 1990.
Prior to 1998, the Panthers had two consecutive undefeated seasons in the Dome. The Panthers have posted three perfect home seasons under head coach Mark Farley, including 2001 (6-0), 2003 (6-0) and 2005 (7-0).
Prior to a September 24, 1994, loss to McNeese State, UNI had won 29 straight regular-season games in the Dome dating back to the 1989 season when it lost 22-14 to Mankato State in the first game of the year.
The Panthers are 71-13 in home Missouri Valley Football Conference games, leading the league in home conference victories. UNI will play host to league foes Western Illinois, Indiana State, Southern Illinois and Youngstown State in the UNI-Dome this season.

PANTHER SPEED
Three members of UNI's honorable mention All-America 4x100 sprint team will play extensive action this season for the Panther football team.
Running back Carlos Anderson, wide receiver Jarred Herring and defensive back Wilmot Wellington qualified for the NCAA Track & Field Championships last spring.

RENNIE IN MVFC PLAY
In the Panthers' five MVFC games this season, senior quarterback Tirrell Rennie is a combined 63-of-87 passing for a 72.4 percent completion rate. He has thrown for 899 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions in conference play.

INTERCEPTION U
UNI's margin of 14 defensive interceptions to zero interceptions thrown (+14) is the best mark in all of Division I football (FBS and FCS combined).

L.J. RACKIN' UP TACKLES
Senior linebacker L.J. Fort is No. 3 in the nation and leading the MVFC with an average of 13.0 tackles per game. Fort has posted at least 11 tackles in each of the Panthers' seven games for a total of 91 tackles this season.
Fort notched a career-high 17 tackles in UNI's 31-14 win at South Dakota State (10/15).

JOHNSON COMFORTABLE IN THE ENDZONE
Redshirt freshman running back David Johnson has racked up eight touchdowns in his first seven career games. David Horne owns the UNI record for touchdowns in a season with 19 in 2005.

BIG-PLAY POTENTIAL
The Panthers have three players averaging more than 17 yards per catch in 2011.
Senior Jarred Herring (14-286; 20.4 avg), freshman David Johnson (14-239; 17.1 avg) and junior Terrell Sinkfield (15-269; 17.9 avg) lead the UNI receiving corps in that category.

AIR ASSAULT
UNI's passing performance against South Dakota State (10/15) helped two Panthers accomplish feats that hadn't been done since the 2009 season.
Tirrell Rennie's four touchdown passes were the most by a Panther since Pat Grace also notched four against South Dakota on Sept. 12, 2009.
Jarred Herring became the first Panther to record more than 100 receiving yards in a game since D.J. Hord had 105 yards at North Dakota State on Oct. 10, 2009.
NOSE FOR THE BALL
UNI senior linebacker L.J. Fort leads the nation with five forced fumbles in seven games, and he is tied for No. 4 among active FCS players with seven forced fumbles in his career.
In all of Division I football (FBS and FCS combined), only Nordly Capi of Colorado State has more forced fumbles this season with six.

ABOVE AVERAGE
UNI senior quarterback Tirrell Rennie is averaging 5.50 yards per carry for his career - a mark that ranks him No. 7 among all active FCS players.
Running back Carlos Anderson owns an average of 5.25 yards per carry over 28 career games, putting him No. 16 on that same list.

AT THE CENTURY MARK
UNI quarterback Tirrell Rennie ranks No. 8 among all active FCS players with a career average of 95.5 rushing yards per game. Of the top 20 players on the list, Rennie is the only quarterback.

ACROSS SUBDIVISIONS
Rennie ranks No. 16 among all active Division I players (FBS and FCS combined) with his career average of 95.5 rushing yards per game. Michigan's Denard Robinson (89.3 ypg) and Nebraska's Taylor Martinez (80.0 ypg) are the only other quarterbacks to qualify for the top-20 list in either subdivision.

RENNIE LIFTS UNI TO WIN OVER THE SALUKIS
Senior quarterback Tirrell Rennie had a hand in both of UNI's touchdowns in the Panthers' 17-10 victory over Southern Illinois (10/22).
He was 14-of-23 passing for 167 yards, including a scoring strike to Terrell Sinkfield on third-and-goal from the 18-yard line in the second quarter that knotted the game at 7-7.
Rennie also added a one-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter
to put UNI ahead 17-7.

RUSHING UP THE LIST
With his rushing touchdown in UNI's win over Southern Illinois (10/22), Tirrell Rennie moved into eighth place on the Panthers' all-time rushing touchdown list with 21.

WHITE MAKES THE MOST OF HIS OPPORTUNITY
Playing his first extensive action of the season, sophomore defensive back Blake White (Davenport, Iowa/North HS) led the Panther defense with 12 tackles in UNI's 17-10 victory over Southern Illinois (10/22).
He keyed a UNI defense that held SIU to 212 total yards andonly 68 yards in the second half.

BERNARD MAKES KEY PLAYS IN WIN OVER SIU
Junior punter Kyle Bernard punted four times for an average of 46.2 yards in UNI's 17-10 win over Southern Illinois.
He notched a new season-long with a 55-yard punt and also executed a fake punt for a 10-yard rush that led to Tyler Sievertsen's 48-yard field goal giving UNI a 10-7 lead in the third quarter.

VEREEN SETS CAREER HIGHS
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Kevin Vereen (Waynesville, Mo./Waynesville HS) posted new career-highs in receptions and receiving yards to help UNI to a 17-10 win over Southern Illinois (10/22).
Vereen made four catches for 65 yards, including a 46-yard catch and run that led to the Panthers' first score.
On the season, Vereen has 10 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown.

PANTHER SPORTS TALK WITH MARK FARLEY
UNI head coach Mark Farley's radio call-in show will be broadcast live on the Panther Sports Radio Network every Thursday throughout the season. The show will take place at Old Chicago in Cedar Falls and will run from 6:05 p.m. - 7 p.m.

WEEKLY PRESS LUNCHEONS
UNI head coach Mark Farley or a member of his coaching staff will be available at the weekly Press Luncheons held each Monday beginning at 12 noon in the back room of Pepper's Grill and Sports Pub located on 18th Street in Cedar Falls.
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