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UNI Seniors' Season Filled With 'What Could Have Been'
By Jake Bemis, Reporter
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Without the playoffs to look forward to, the University of Northern Iowa knows Saturday will be the last game of the season, and possibly the last game of careers for seniors.
"We talked about that three weeks ago," Coach Mark Farley said. "Everyone was asking how are we going to play and how are we going to practice. When you look at it from the standpoint that you're down to your last snaps, and you know it, it's how you respond to that. This group has really responded to the fact that we play the game because we love the game."
Although the Panthers will celebrate the careers of sixteen seniors this weekend, many did not see this type of ending to their four years. UNI is just 4-6, coming up just a play or two short of being an eight win team.
"This team could've won eight games," Farley said. "I thought that as I'm watching them play right now. We're playing with a lot more confidence right now. Each week it's like the beginning of the season, we just keep getting better and better. The players are responding a little bit better.
"We'll go back over the errors that get you beat (in the offseason). I've always referenced ourselves to Kansas State, and they're number one in the country. They're number one because they don't beat themselves. That's what you have to do when you're at UNI. You can't beat yourself."
The Panthers will host Missouri State on Saturday for senior night. Running back Carlos Anderson is just 274 all-purpose yards from setting the school's career record. Anderson currently ranks fourth on the all-time list.