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UNI Football's first championship appearance 4 years ago

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CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE (KWWL) -- The UNI Panthers took on Appalachian State in the Division 1AA championship game December 16, 2005.  It was the Panther Football team's first ever shot at a national football championship title.

About 5,000 fans made the trip to Chattanooga to watch the game, including the UNI Panther Marching Band and many students.

UNI led 16-7 at halftime, but an Eric Sanders fumble halfway through the fourth quarter led to a game-ending Mountaineer touchdown.  That ended UNI's hope for the title with a final score of 21-16.

UNI ended the season with a record of 11-4, with loses only to Iowa, Missouri State, Illinois State, and Appalachian State.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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