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    13th-Ranked UNI Football Team to Tackle Iowa State



    Panthers and Cyclones will kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday in Ames.







    Brannon Carter and the UNI Panthers will travel to Ames, Iowa, on Saturday to take on the Iowa State Cyclones.


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    #13 University of Northern Iowa (2-1, 0-0 Gateway) at
    Iowa State University (2-2, 0-1 Big 12)
    Game #4 • Sat., Sept. 30, 2006 • 6 p.m. (Central)
    Ames, Iowa • Jack Trice Stadium (50,000)

    THE GAME
    The No. 13-ranked University of Northern Iowa football team will take on the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday. UNI is coming off a bye week, while Iowa State dropped a 37-14 matchup at Texas.

    THE SERIES
    Iowa State holds a 17-3-3 lead in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1899 season. The last meeting between the two schools came in the 2004 season when Iowa State scored a 23-0 win. Two of UNI's victories in the series came in the 1992 (27-10) and 1994 (28-14) seasons. UNI's first win in the series came in the 1900 season when the Panthers tallied a 5-0 triumph over the Cyclones.

    THE COACHES
    UNI head coach Mark Farley (UNI `86) is in his sixth year at the Panther helm with an overall mark of 46-21. Farley guided the Panthers to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA I-AA national championship game in 2005. Dan McCarney (Iowa, `75) is in his 13th season as the Cyclone head coach. McCarney has compiled a 54-79 record at Iowa State.

    RADIO
    The game will be broadcast on the UNI Sports Network. Gary Rima (play-by-play) and Scott Peterson (color) will have the call. The flagship station will again be KXEL-AM (1540 - Waterloo/Cedar Falls) and will be joined by KLMJ-FM (104.9 - Hampton), KGLO-AM (1300 - Mason City), KQWC-AM (1570 - Webster City), KWKY-AM (1150 Des Moines) and KQMG-FM (95.3 - Independence). The game can also be heard at www.unipanthers.com.
    PANTHER POINTS

    IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY CYCLONES
    Iowa State is off to a 2-2 start this season. The Cyclones won their home opener against Toledo in triple overtime, 45-43. ISU then scored a 16-10 win over UNLV at home. ISU went on the road and dropped a 27-17 matchup against Iowa. The Cyclones then fell 37-14 at Texas on Saturday. Iowa State went 7-5 in the 2005 season and took part in the Houston Bowl against TCU.

    PANTHER ASSISTANT RETURNS TO FAMILIAR TERRITORY
    UNI running backs coach Atif Austin is very familiar with the Iowa State Cyclones as he was a member of the ISU football team from 1998-2002. Austin compiled 173 career tackles, including 146 solos. He was also credited with 33 pass deflections and tallied two interceptions as a Cyclone. Austin earned honorable mention all-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press in 2001 and was presented the 2002 Reuben J. Miller Award, given to the player whose conduct on and off the field brought honor to ISU.

    UNI-IOWA STATE TICKETS AVAILABLE
    University of Northern Iowa football fans interested in purchasing tickets for the Sept. 30 UNI-Iowa State football game should purchase their tickets through the UNI Ticket Office. The UNI Ticket Office is offering tickets to the game for $35 each.
    To purchase tickets for the ISU-UNI football game contact the UNI Ticket Office at 319-273-DOME.

    UNI VS. I-A OPPONENTS
    UNI meets Iowa State Sept. 30, the 24th meeting between these two schools. The Cyclones scored a 23-0 win over the Panthers in their last meeting in 2004.
    The Panthers have had some success against teams designated I-A. They are 1-0 against Ball State (2001), 0-1 against Boise State (2000), 0-1 against Bowling Green State (1947), 0-4 against Central Michigan (last game in 1970), 0-1-1 against Colorado State (last game 1926), 4-5 against Eastern Michigan (last game 1998), 1-13 against Iowa (last game 2005), 3-17-3 against Iowa State, 3-0 against Kansas State (last 1989), 0-1 against Minnesota (1987), 0-1 versus UNLV (1975), 2-1 versus Northern Illinois (last 1964), 1-0 against Ohio University (36-21 in '99), 0-2 against Oklahoma State (2002), 0-1 against Pittsburgh (1988), 4-11-2 against Western Michigan (last 1949) and 0-1 against Wyoming (1993).
    Most of the success has come in the last 21 years, with an 8-14 mark against I-A teams since 1985.
    The Gateway Conference is 1-6 this season against I-A opponents. Southern Illinois scored a 35-28 victory at Indiana on Sept. 23.

    ON A WINGERT & A KICK
    UNI placekicker Brian Wingert extended his consecutive field goals made streak to 17 in a row as he drilled field goals from 43 and 35 yards against South Dakota State.
    Wingert is off to a perfect start in the 2006 season by making all seven field goals and all 11 extra points.
    His consecutive field goal streak started with two field goals against Northern Arizona. Wingert was then a perfect 8-for-8 in the postseason including a I-AA championship game record 50-yarder against Appalachian State. Wingert made two field goals this season at Drake.
    Brian Mitchell (1989-91) holds the UNI record for consecutive field goals made at 26.
    Wingert's 56-yarder against UND was also a career-long three-pointer for the senior from Cedar Falls. UNI's longest field goal of all-time came off the foot of MacKenzie Hoambrecker, who drilled a 59-yarder in 2002 vs. Missouri State.
    Wingert has scored 274 career points and is only 27 points away from becoming the school's all-time scoring leader. Dedric Ward holds the UNI all-time scoring record with 300 points.
    Wingert needs 10 field goals to become the Panthers' all-time leader in three-pointers. Brian Mitchell kicked 59 career field goals from 1989-1991 to hold the UNI record. Wingert, who converted two field goals at Drake, has made 50 field goals in a Panther uniform.
    The Cedar Falls native already holds the UNI single-season (51) and career PAT (119) records.

    WINGERT AMONG NATION'S ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS
    UNI placekicker Brian Wingert ranks No. 1 in the all-time active career leaders list among I-AA players in field goals made in a career (50).
    Wingert also ranks No. 2 on the active list of field goal percentage made (79.37 percent).
    Wingert's ranks No. 6 on the active career scoring list (274 points) and No. 8 on the active PAT list (124).

    RINEHART NAMED GATEWAY OL OF THE WEEK
    University of Northern Iowa junior offensive tackle Chad Rinehart was named the Gateway Football Conference's Offensive Lineman of the Week for his effort in UNI's 27-17 victory over South Dakota State.
    Rinehart, a native of Boone, Iowa, paved the way for UNI to rush for 299 yards in the win over the Jackrabbits. Rinehart graded out to 95 percent on 52 offensive plays on Saturday. Rinehart's blocking allowed sophomore Corey Lewis to set a new career-high with 196 yards rushing against SDSU.

    COREY REACHES 100-PLUS
    Sophomore running back Corey Lewis broke the 100+ rushing mark for the third straight week with a career-best 196-yard effort against South Dakota State.
    Through three contests, Corey has rushed 46 times for 415 yards and five touchdowns. Lewis is averaging 138.3 yards per game.
    As a redshirt freshman in 2005, Corey rushed for 282 yards on only 52 carries. Corey also scored two touchdowns in the 2005 season.

    JAMES FINDS THE ZONE
    Senior wide receiver James Lindgren caught a touchdown pass in his third straight game with an 18-yarder in the third quarter against South Dakota State. Lindgren has caught nine passes for 100 yards this season and three have gone for touchdowns.

    FROM TACKLE TO TIGHT END
    UNI senior Joe Lobdell moved from starting right tackle to tight end in the South Dakota State contest. Lobdell wore No. 88 during the game rather than the No. 70. Lobdell caught his first collegiate pass in the first quarter on a four-yard toss from Eric Sanders.

    SANDERS' STREAK SNAPPED
    UNI junior quarterback Eric Sanders had his streak of 135 straight passes without an interception snapped in the contest when SDSU's Justin Kubesh picked him off in the second quarter.
    SDSU's Brock Gentile tallied another interception later in the second quarter that led to SDSU's field goal from Parker Douglass that put the Jacks on top, 17-3.
    Despite the two interceptions, Sanders ranks No. 2 on the active leaders amongst I-AA quarterbacks in passing efficiency (163.43 rating).

    GATEWAY LEADERS
    Through three games, UNI has three individuals leading a Gateway Football Conference category.
    Sophomore running back Corey Lewis leads the league in rushing yards (138.3/game).
    Junior wide receiver/kick returner Terrell Allen leads the conference in kickoff return average (33.8/return).
    Senior placekicker Brian Wingert leads in scoring (10.7/game) and field goals (2.33/game).

    NATIONAL LEADERS
    Wingert, Allen and C. Lewis rank among the nation's best this season in their respective statistical categories.
    Wingert ranks third in the nation in field goals/game (2.33). Wingert also ranks seventh in the nation in scoring/game (10.67).
    Allen ranks third in the nation in kick return average (33.80).
    C. Lewis ranks fourth in the nation in rushing yards/game (138.33).

    SHUTTIN' DOWN THE JACKS
    The UNI defense pitched a shutout in the second half after trailing 17-3 at the half to South Dakota State.
    The Panthers held the Jacks to only 17 rushing yards and 100 total yards in the second half.

    A TOUCH OF GRAY
    Sophomore Johnny Gray recorded his first career 100+ receiving yards game with six catches for 103 yards against North Dakota.
    Gray nabbed a 20-yard scoring pass from Sanders at the 1:27 mark of the fourth quarter to put UNI on top, 31-28.
    However, it was not Gray's first touchdown in a UNI uniform. Gray returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown in last season's 23-20 double-overtime win at Western Kentucky.
    Through three games, Gray leads the team in receptions (12) and receiving yards (167).

    SANDERS IS MOVIN' ON UP
    Junior quarterback Eric Sanders continues to climb the all-time UNI passing charts.
    Sanders is in fifth place all-time on the UNI touchdown passes list. Sanders has passed for 41 touchdowns in his UNI career. Next up on the list at No. 4 Steve Sandon, who tossed 48 touchdowns from 1978-81.
    Sanders is in seventh place on the all-time passing yards list with 4,642.
    Sanders ranks ninth on the all-time passing attempts list with 530. Sanders is tied with current Missouri State head coach Terry Allen, who set his mark of 518 attempts from 1975-78.

    KOS BOOMS `EM DEEP
    Senior punter Adam Kos has punted nine times this season and is averaging 41.9 yards per boot.

    CLIFFORD'S FIRST PICK
    Junior safety Clifford Waters caught his first career interception against South Dakota State.
    The Kirkwood, Mo., native returned the pick 18 yards to help the Panthers to a 27-17 win over the Jacks.

    PARSONS LEADS THE WAY
    Junior safety Chris Parsons leads the team in tackles with 20 stops (press box stats) through the first three games.
    Parsons tied for the team lead in tackles against South Dakota State with seven stops. Parsons also recorded a fumble recovery against the Jacks.
    Parsons is the leading returning tackler from the 2005 season, when he tallied 95 tackles in 15 contests.

    HUYGENS' SACK ATTACK
    Sophomore defensive end Mark Huygens leads the Panthers with 2.5 sacks (press box stats) through three games.

    BEHIND THE LINE
    Redshirt freshman Chuck Kinney has taken the team lead in tackles-for-loss (press box stats) through the Panthers' first three games. Kinney has 4.5 tackles-for-loss this season.

    RARE DIVISION II LOSS
    UNI suffered a 35-31 loss to Division II North Dakota on Sept. 9. UNI's last loss to a Division II opponent came in the 1989 season when Minnesota State (Mankato) scored a 22-14 season-opening win in head coach Terry's Allen opening game as the head coach of the Panthers.
    However, UNI responded with a 10-18 win the following week at Kansas State. UNI finished the 1989 season with an 8-3 record.

    IMMEDIATE IMPACT
    Junior transfer wide receiver/kick returner Terrell Allen wasted little time in making an impact. On the first play of the season he took the opening kickoff against Drake 97 yards for a touchdown. It marked the second-time in Allen's collegiate career he scored on a 97-yard kick return. At Pittsburgh, Allen returned a kick 97 yards for a touchdown against Louisville on Nov. 3, 2005.
    "It was a great way to kick off our season," head coach Mark Farley said. "We had talked about that and how to open our season the right way. It was worked on and we were hoping to win the toss."

    IT'S PICK `EM TIME FOR DRE
    Senior cornerback Dre Dokes picked off two passes in the season-opening win at Drake.
    Dokes has tallied 13 career interceptions and is now ranked fourth on the Panthers' all-time interception list. Mike Woodley holds the UNI career interception record with 20 from 1970-1973.
    Dokes ranks No. 3 amongst active career leaders in I-AA football with 13 career interceptions.

    SPREADING IT AROUND
    Junior quarterback Eric Sanders has plenty of options when it comes to his receiver and the Panthers showed their balance against Drake.
    Eight different receivers caught passes in the 48-7 season-opening win at Drake.
    Junior Terrell Allen led the receiving crew with five receptions. Sophomore wideout Johnny Gray and senior tight end Ross Hannam each nabbed four receptions.

    GRACE FLASHES HIS ARM
    Redshirt freshman quarterback Patrick Grace was able to show off his arm strength with a 59-yard touchdown pass to junior wideout Victor Williams in the closing moments of the Drake contest.
    Grace and Williams hooked up for a 59-yard touchdown pass with 3:48 remaining in the game. It was Grace's first collegiate touchdown pass attempt and it was also Williams' first collegiate touchdown catch.

    WHO'S THE NEXT 1,000-YARD BACK?
    The UNI football program has produced a 1,000-yard plus rusher in each of the last five seasons.
    Sophomore running back Corey Lewis is in pursuit of a 1,000-yard season with 415 yards through three games.
    Adam Benge began the Panthers' streak of 1,000-yard rushers in 2001 with a school-record setting 1,383 yards. Benge also rushed for 1,133 yards in 2002.
    Terrance Freeney continued the streak in 2003 and 2004 with 1,261 and 1,100 yards, respectively.
    In 2005, David Horne rushed for a team-high 1,141 yards.

    WHITNEY - THE OTHER LEWIS
    Junior running back Whitney Lewis is off to a good start in his UNI career. Through three games, Whitney has gained 170 yards on 37 carries and scored one touchdown.
    Whitney scored his first touchdown for the Panthers on a five-yard run against Drake in the season opener.

    DOME SWEET DOME
    UNI is 151-39-1 in the UNI-Dome. Prior to 1998, the Panthers had two consecutive undefeated seasons in the Dome. Since then, UNI has posted three perfect home seasons including 2001 (6-0), 2003 (6-0) and 2005 (7-0). The Panthers are 52-11 in home Gateway games, leading the league in home conference victories.


    NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS FOR THE PANTHERS
    UNI is the only original Gateway member to win at least two non-conference games each year.
    The Panthers have compiled a 97-44 mark against non-conference teams since 1985.
    UNI tallied a 48-7 win at Drake, dropped a 35-31 loss to North Dakota and scored a 27-17 victory over South Dakota State. UNI will complete its 2006 non-conference slate Sept. 30 at Iowa State.

    SANDERS LANDS ON "PAYTON WATCH" LIST
    A total of 32 players have been chosen by The Sports Network, I-AA college football's most widely recognized information service, as official "Payton Watch" and "Buchanan Watch" members and University of Northern Iowa junior quarterback Eric Sanders is on the "Payton Watch" list.
    The "Payton Watch" and "Buchanan Watch" pages, which can be found at The Sports Network's website (www.sportsnetwork.com) keep track of the quest for the 20th Walter Payton Award, presented annually to the top player in I-AA football, and the 12th Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defensive player in I-AA. The honors will be presented at the 20th annual I-AA College Football Awards on Thursday, December 14th. The Eddie Robinson Award, honoring I-AA's top coach, and the Sports Network Cup, bestowed upon the nation's best I-AA mid-major program, will also be presented on Dec. 14th.
    Former UNI quarterback Ryan Helming finished 5th in the 2000 Walter Payton Award voting. Former UNI running back Terrance Freeney finished 14th in 2003.

    PANTHERS PICKED TO REPEAT AS GATEWAY CHAMPS
    The University of Northern Iowa has been tabbed to win the 2006 Gateway Football Conference title in a poll conducted by league coaches, media and sports information directors.
    After sharing the crown with Southern Illinois and Youngstown State and then reaching the I-AA title game in 2005, UNI is looking for back-to-back Gateway titles for the first time since 1996, when it completed a string of seven-consecutive league titles.
    The Panthers received 22 of 32 first-place tallies and a total of 239 points in the poll, and they were followed by Youngstown State (208 points and seven first-place votes) and Illinois State (190/2). The third-place pick for the Redbirds marks the highest preseason slot for ISU since it was preseason favorite in 2000.
    Southern Illinois, which has won or shared three straight league championships and has three straight NCAA playoff appearances, is picked fourth in the poll with 160 points.
    The poll has Western Kentucky slated for fifth (141 points), followed by Western Illinois (103), Missouri State (79), and Indiana State (32).

    DEFENDING CHAMPS
    The Panthers won their 12th Gateway Conference title in 2005 after posting a 5-2 mark in league play.
    UNI tied with Youngstown State and Southern Illinois for the 2005 Gateway Conference title, but gained the automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs by virtue of its two wins over YSU and SIU.

    PANTHERS LAND THREE ON PRESEASON GATEWAY TEAM
    Individually, UNI had three players voted to the preseason All-Gateway team. Junior quarterback Eric Sanders (Oelwein, Iowa), junior offensive lineman Chad Rinehart (Boone, Iowa) and senior cornerback Dre Dokes (Springfield, Mo.) were each honored.

    PLAYERS SELECT FIVE CAPTAINS FOR 2006 SEASON
    University of Northern Iowa head coach Mark Farley announced the five captains for this year's UNI football squad. The captains feature four seniors and a junior.
    The two defensive captains are senior linebacker Dave Schratz (Garfield, N.J.) and senior safety Matt Tharp (Webster City, Iowa). The three offensive captains are senior wide receiver Curt Bradley (Columbia, Mo.), senior wide receiver James Lindgren (Odebolt, Iowa) and junior quarterback Eric Sanders (Oelwein, Iowa).
    Schratz played in all 15 games for the Panthers in 2005 and ranked No. 9 on the team in total tackles (43). Schratz transferred to UNI from Iowa Central Community College prior to the 2005 season.
    Tharp was a part-time starter at safety in 2005. Tharp played in all 15 games in 2005 despite playing with a broken bone in his hand at the end of the season. Tharp's interception in overtime against Texas State clinched UNI's 40-37 victory and put the program into its first-ever NCAA I-AA national title game. Tharp has been credited with 54 career tackles.
    Bradley has seen action in 39 career games entering the 2006 season. In 2005, Bradley logged a career-best 14 receptions for 176 yards. Bradley has 36 career receptions for 448 yards and two touchdowns.
    Lindgren has notched 39 career receptions for 495 yards and four touchdowns. Lindgren has played 33 games and has drawn eight starting assignments for the Panthers. In 2005, Lindgren tallied 27 receptions for 336 yards and a touchdown.
    Sanders is the lone junior among the 2006 captains. Sanders has passed for 4,236 yards and 38 touchdowns in his first two seasons as the Panthers' signal-caller. Sanders owns a 16-4 mark as the Panthers' starting quarterback.

    FAMILY TIES FOR BRADLEY
    UNI senior wide receiver is a talented two-sport student-athlete for the Panthers as he plays both football and baseball.
    Curt was drafted in the 33rd round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers this past spring.
    However, there is plenty of discussion when it comes to who is the most athletically-talented member of his family.
    His father, Phil, was an all-Big 8 performer in baseball and football at the University of Missouri. Phil played Major League Baseball with the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies.
    His sister, Megan, played collegiate tennis at UCLA and Miami (Fla.). She is a professional member of the United States Tennis Association. Megan was named the 2005 ITA National Player and Senior Player of the Year, the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and the ACC/UM Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior for the Hurricanes.

    BACK ON THE SIDELINES
    The UNI coaching staff features four former Panthers after the addition of defensive back coach Chris Klieman in the offseason.
    Klieman was a three-time all-Gateway Conference defensive back for the Panthers as he wore the Purple & Gold from 1986-1990. Klieman had served as the head football coach at Loras College in 2005.
    UNI head coach Mark Farley lettered for UNI from 1983-1986, while associate head coach Bill Salmon lettered for the Panthers from 1973-1975. Offensive line coach Rick Nelson earned letters in 1982 and 1983 for the Panthers.

    STOCKING THE NFL
    The University of Northern Iowa boasted 12 former players in camp with National Football League teams this preseason.
    Eddie Berlin - New England
    Derrick Frost - Washington
    Mike Furrey - Detroit
    Ryan Hannam - Dallas
    MacKenzie Hoambrecker - Carolina
    Brad Meester - Jacksonville
    Justin Sandy - Tennessee
    Benny Sapp - Kansas City
    Chad Setterstrom - New Orleans
    Justin Surrency - Seattle
    Andy Thorn - Philadelphia
    Kurt Warner - Arizona
    HALFWAY THERE ...
    UNI jumped to a commanding 31-7 halftime lead over Drake on Aug. 31 to continue the Panthers dominance in game they have led at the half.
    In 2005, UNI was 9-1 in games it led at the half. UNI's only loss in the 2005 season after leading at the half came in the NCAA I-AA national title game against Appalachian State. UNI led Appalachian State 16-7 at the half, but dropped a 21-16 score to the Mountaineers.
    UNI is 42-5 when leading at the half since 2000.

    WORKIN' OVERTIME
    UNI is 4-4 in overtime games. The Panthers were 2-0 in overtime games in the 2005 season.
    UNI edged past Western Kentucky in a double-overtime game in the regular season, 23-20. The Panthers then advanced to their first-ever national championship game with a 40-37 overtime win at Texas State. UNI had lost its previous two overtime playoff games before its breakthrough against the Bobcats.
    Five of the eight games to go into overtime have been decided in multiple overtimes. UNI has won three straight overtime games dating back to the 2002 season.

    UNI's Overtime Games
    @NE La. 44, UNI 41 (OT) - 1987
    (I-AA Playoffs)
    @Boston U. 27, UNI 21 (2OT) - 1993
    (I-AA Playoffs)
    @W. Illinois 29, UNI 22 (2OT) - 1997
    @UNI 29, Indiana St. 21 (3OT) - 1997
    McNeese St. 20, @UNI 17 (OT) - 1998
    UNI 29, @Cal Poly 26 (3OT) - 2002
    UNI 23, @W. Ky. 20 (2OT) - 2005
    UNI 40, @Texas State 37 (OT) - 2005
    (I-AA Playoffs)

    UNI VS. TOP 25
    UNI went 6-1 against I-AA top 25 teams in 2005. The Panthers posted wins over No. 1 New Hampshire (24-21), No. 4 Texas State (40-37 OT), No. 4 Southern Illinois (25-24), No. 6 Western Kentucky (23-20 2OT), No. 11 Youngstown State (21-7) and No. 15 Eastern Washington (41-38). UNI's only loss to a ranked team in 2005 came in the I-AA national title game to No. 5-ranked Appalachian State (21-16).
    The Panthers are 51-31 against teams ranked in the I-AA Top 25 since 1985. They are 2-4 versus teams ranked No. 1 in a specific poll at the time of the contest. UNI has wins over No. 1-ranked New Hampshire (24-21, 2005) and Youngstown State (35-32, 1997). The Panthers dropped games against No. 1-ranked team in 2004 to Southern Illinois (40-36), 2001 to Montana (38-0), 1998 to McNeese State (20-17) and in 1996 to Marshall (31-14).

    GALLES IN `INVINCIBLE'
    Former UNI wide receiver Eddie Galles is in the latest Disney Productions football movie "Invincible", which hit theaters Aug. 25.

    THE SPORTS NETWORK'S PRESEASON POSITIONAL RANKINGS
    The Sports Network published its preseason positional rankings in the I-AA ranks and the UNI Panthers found their way into quite a few of the lists.
    Junior quarterback Eric Sanders is ranked No. 2 at the quarterback position.
    Junior offensive tackle Chad Rinehart is ranked No. 3 at the tackle position.
    Senior placekicker Brian Wingert is ranked No. 3 at the kicker slot.
    Senior cornerback Dre Dokes is ranked No. 5 at the cornerback position.

    THREE PANTHERS NAMED TO THE SPORTS NETWORK'S PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
    Three University of Northern Iowa Panthers have been named to The Sports Network's 2006 Division I-AA Preseason All-America Team.
    Junior quarterback Eric Sanders (Oelwein, Iowa) and junior offensive tackle Chad Rinehart (Boone, Iowa) each were named to the second team, while senior cornerback Dre Dokes (Springfield, Mo.) earned honorable mention status.

    FOUR PANTHERS NAMED TO DON HANSEN'S FOOTBALL GAZETTE PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
    Four University of Northern Iowa football student-athletes have been named to Don Hansen's Football Gazette's 2006 I-AA Preseason All-America squad.
    Junior offensive tackle Chad Rinehart earned first-team honors, while junior quarterback Eric Sanders was named to the second team. Senior cornerback Dre Dokes and senior kicker Brian Wingert were each named to the honorable mention list.

    PANTHERS LAND THREE PRESEASON I-AA.ORG ALL-AMERICANS
    The University of Northern Iowa football team landed three members on the 2006 I-AA.org Preseason All-America teams.
    Senior placekicker Brian Wingert (Cedar Falls, Iowa) earned second-team status, while junior quarterback Eric Sanders (Oelwein, Iowa) and senior cornerback Dre Dokes (Springfield, Mo.) tallied third-team honors.

    STREET & SMITH'S PRESEASON ACCOLADES
    Street & Smith's tabbed the Panthers as the preseason favorite to win the Gateway title. UNI shared its 12th Gateway crown last season with Youngstown State and Southern Illinois, but gained the league's automatic bid into the NCAA I-AA playoffs by virtue of its season sweep of both opponents.
    The Panthers are ranked No. 5 in Street & Smith's preseason top 25 poll.
    Junior quarterback Eric Sanders has been pegged as the preseason Gateway Football Conference's Offensive Player of the Year in the magazine.

    LINDY'S HONORS RINEHART, SANDERS
    Junior offensive tackle Chad Rinehart and junior quarterback Eric Sanders
    earned preseason All-America honors from Lindy's college football preview magazine.
    Rinehart (Boone, Iowa) earned first-team honors, while Sanders (Oelwein, Iowa) was named to the second-team squad.
    Lindy's also ranked the Panthers at No. 21 in the preseason top 25 poll.

    PANTHERS' TV COVERAGE
    The University of Northern Iowa football team will be on television five times this fall including the season opener and season finale.
    UNI's season opener at Drake on Aug. 31 was broadcast across the state of Iowa on KFXA-TV and KDSM-TV.
    The Panthers will be on Mediacom in state-wide coverage on Oct. 7 for the Homecoming matchup with Missouri State.
    UNI's third television game of the season will come on Oct. 21 when the Panthers travel to Youngstown State to battle the Penguins. The UNI-YSU game is a part of the Gateway TV package and will be broadcast live on KFXA-TV and KDSM-TV. The game will also be broadcast via tape delay on Fox Sports Midwest at 2 a.m. the following day.
    The Nov. 11 game featuring UNI at Southern Illinois will be broadcast on tape delay at 10 p.m. to a national TV audience on CSTV.
    UNI's final regular season game against Illinois State on Nov. 18 will also be a part of the Gateway TV package. The game will be broadcast live on KFXA-TV, KDSM-TV and WYZZ-TV (Illinois). The Panthers-Redbirds battle will also be tape-delayed on Fox Sports Midwest at 2 a.m. the following day.

    LAST TIME AROUND ... IOWA STATE 23, UNI 0 (9/4/04)
    Iowa State's seasoned defense was better than UNI's veteran offense this afternoon as the Cyclones downed the Panthers 23-0 in Ames in the season opener for both teams.
    UNI struggled all afternoon moving the ball, gaining just seven first downs to ISU's 27. The Cyclones held almost a 16-minute edge in time of possession. UNI's lackluster performance on offense forced its defense to remain on the field for 84 plays on a hot and humid afternoon.
    UNI senior signal caller Tom Petrie completed just eight-of-19 passes for 63 yards to a relatively inexperienced receiving corp. Walter Payton Award candidate, junior tailback Terrance Freeney, could muster just a 1.8 average on 13 carries for 24 yards, while senior Richard Carter rushed seven times for only 12 yards.
    ISU broke a scoreless first quarter on a 37-yard field goal by Brian Jansen with 12:49 left in the second period and led 17-0 at the half after adding a 23-yard TD pass from sophomore Austin Flynn to Todd Blythe. Freshman Bret Meyer capped off the half with a three-yard scoring pass to Jon Davis. The final mrgin came with 14:04 left in the game when Tony Johnson scored from one yard out.
    At the end of the day, UNI gained just 99 yards on 36 rushing and 65 passing and allowed 378 yards, including 202 on the ground. It was the first Panther shutout since the final game of the 2001 season when Montana beat UNI 38-0 in the 1-AA playoff semifinals.

    Mark Farley RADIO SHOW
    UNI head coach Mark Farley's radio call-in show will be broadcast live on the UNI Sports Network every Thursday throughout the season. The show will take place at Pepper's Grill and Sports Pub in Cedar Falls and will run from 6:05 p.m. - 7 p.m.

    Mark Farley TV SHOW
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    PANTHER PLUS
    Panther Plus is a one-hour game replay of the previous week's game. Panther Plus can be seen on KFXA-TV every Sunday beginning Sept. 3 at 10 a.m.



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    Since some people want to focus on the game at hand, here it is. North Dakota was a devastating loss for the Panthers, but they rescued their season last week against South Dakota State. Now they will go for the trivecta win against the Clones. Mark Farley is a well respected coach ands their place kicker is their bnig gun. Looks like we have all kinds of things that can be discussed. This is a lot more interesting than talking about the Red Huskers.


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    I just read Wednesday's sports section of the Waterloo,Iowa Courior. There was all kinds of coverage of Iowa and Ohio State of Saturdays game. Not one mention of the Iowa State and University of Northern Iowa game. Northern Iowa was No. 2 and nearly won the championship in its division and certainly U.N. I and Iowa state deserves more respect.Why are U. N. I. and Iowa Stae invisable? Doesn't a second place finish command more respect and attention for the U. N.I and Iowa State football team. No.This is the Hawkeye state and people are heavily biased for Iowa University. Its like U.N. I. is invisable and does not exist.
    Iowa sold the last of it's $60 tickets to this game months ago."I've been in this business for 15 years and this is by far the highest-priced Hawkeye tickets I've seen." said Jerry Slocum,the owner of Prime Time Tickets.Ticket prices are selling for $225 to $350 online. Stubhub.com offered a set of seats in the new outdoor club seating priced as high as $1298 per seat. Parking passes were advertised for $30 each. There is a logical reason for this "People see the big big dollars, and they do tempt a lot of people who see it as a way to pay for their own season tickets.""Buyer beware is something I always encourage. With the success of the program, there are always some less-than-scrupulous people out there trying to take advantage of others."


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    It's like ISU and UNI cannot get respect in the State of Iowa with the Birdeyes fluttering in Iowa City. Maybe we need to get a few beers in the Iowans so they think better:

    One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm. And here's how it went: "Well, ya see Norm, it's like this...
    A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members." " In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we all know, kills brain cells, but naturally it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers."

    So let's hope the Birdeye fans drink up and get smart - we actually have three good teams in the State of Iowa, not just the Ferentz Birdeyes.


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    This team is ranked 13th in division 1-AA?????


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    This team is ranked 13th in division 1-AA?????
    That's what I was thinking. They lost to a Division II team!! If a Division 1-A team was ranked in the top 25 and lost to a Division 1-AA team, I guarantee you they wouldn't be ranked again for at least a couple of weeks.



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    Quote Originally Posted by chord View Post
    This is the Hawkeye state and people are heavily biased for Iowa University. "
    I don't know where you live son, but no matter what some idiots chirp every year prior to this game I Live in a CYCLONE STATE!!!


    “Also, I met a lot of Iowa State fans and I don’t want to leave any of that behind.” - DARIUS DARKS on Staying a CLONE!!!


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    And to make sure we are pointed the right way Saturday night, even the head coach knows what to do, we offer this recent quote, "We can't average 17, 18, 19 or 20 points a game and expect to have the kind of season we expect to have," McCarney said. "If we're going to have a good season, we have to be better."


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