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Panthers ready to host South Dakota

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UNI's schedule doesn't get any easier, as the Panthers play host to South Dakota Saturday afternoon in the UNI Dome.

Here is the information you need to follow the Panthers this week. Thanks to the UNI Sports Information Department.

Northern Iowa (4-4, 3-2 MVFC) returns to the UNI-Dome this Saturday seeking home-field advantage as the Panthers host No. 6 South Dakota (7-1, 4-1 MVFC) at 1 p.m. CT.

“This is the first team that we’ve faced that goes this fast on offense,” head coach Mark Farley said. “We’ll have to train our guys this week to prepare for the no-huddle style South Dakota runs. They’re one of the best teams in the nation and it will be a good test for us.”

USD enters the game with the second-ranked scoring offense in the FCS, with the Coyotes averaging 43.1 points per contest. Kickoff between the Panthers and Coyotes on Saturday, Nov. 4, is set for 1 p.m. CT.


The game against USD will be televised on ESPN3. Fans can also listen in on 1540 KXEL or as Gary Rima and Scott Petersen call the action.


Live stats for Saturday’s game will be made available via the UNI athletics website ( Fans and media can visit @UNIFootball on Twitter for links to the feed.


Fans can purchase season and single-game tickets to UNI football home games through UNITIX. Call 319-273-4849 or visit


·       UNI (4-4, 3-2 MVFC) continues its stretch against top-10 foes as the Panthers welcome South Dakota (7-1, 4-1 MVFC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT.

·       The game will mark UNI’s fourth-straight contest against a top-10 foe this season. UNI is 2-1 during the top-10 stretch so far.

·       UNI has won seven out of the last nine meetings.

·       The Panthers are 6-2 against USD under Mark Farley.

·       Last time out, UNI fell to No. 2 North Dakota State on the road. The Panthers were doomed by five turnovers as the Bison won, 30-14.

·       Senior wide receiver Daurice Fountain moved into 10th place for career receptions (128) and is now tied for eighth overall in career touchdown receptions (18).

·       Adam Reth was named STATS FCS Special Teams Honorable Mention this week after blocking two kicks against NDSU. The two blocked field goals are a single-game record at UNI.



·       South Dakota hung on to beat UNI at home last season, 28-25. The Panthers had two chances to tie the game late, but were unable to even the game.

·       Aaron Bailey scored three total touchdowns, with two on the ground and one through the air.

·       Despite falling to the Coyotes, UNI had two 100-yard rushers as Bailey (121) and Tyvis Smith (106) each crossed the century mark.



·       UNI and USD have played 47 times on the gridiron, with the first meeting coming in 1899.

·       The Panthers have dominated the series, leading 27-19-1 overall. UNI has won seven out of the last nine meetings.

·       Since 2008, the Panthers are 6-2 against the Coyotes.



·       South Dakota has turned in one of its best seasons in recent memory, with the Coyotes earning a 7-1 mark overall and 5-1 in MVFC play.

·       The Coyotes have only one blemish on their record, coming at the hands of Illinois State. USD owns a 35-27 upset over FBS-foe Bowling Green as well as three ranked wins.

·       USD sports the No. 2 offense in the FCS, gaining 528.3 yards per contest. The Coyotes are also second in the nation in scoring offense, with 43.1 points per game.



·       The Panthers are 156-62 against the Missouri Valley Football Conference, with UNI going 85-40 during the Farley era.



·       This season, the Panthers have been extremely efficient in the red zone with UNI scoring on 23 out of 25 attempts. UNI ranks sixth in the FCS for red zone offense.

·       UNI has earned the majority of its red zone scores through the air, with 13 passing TDs inside the 20. That total is tied for sixth in the FCS.



·       UNI continues its stretch against top-10 foes this Saturday, with the Panthers facing their fourth top-10 opponent in the last four weeks.

·       Two weeks ago, the Panthers capped a two-game winning streak over top-10 foes after beating No. 9 Youngstown State and No. 7 South Dakota State in back-to-back weeks.

·       The back-to-back top-10 wins were the most since 2014’s victories over No. 6 Illinois State (Nov. 1) and No. 1 North Dakota State (Nov. 8).



·       Senior Daurice Fountain has put up monster numbers in his final season at UNI. The 6-foot-1 receiver has hauled in seven touchdowns this season, with 668 yards receiving.

·       This season, Fountain has earned three 100-yard receiving games (all in consecutive weeks).

·       The senior has 128 catches as a Panther, which is tied for 10th all-time, while his 18 career touchdowns are tied for eighth all-time at UNI.


·       Dunne has earned nine multi-touchdown games for his career, with six coming in 2017.

·       The junior threw a pair of touchdowns against Missouri State, North Dakota State and Western Illinois in 2016, while throwing three in 2017’s season opener against Iowa State, four against Cal Poly, three against SIU, four against WIU, and a pair against SDSU and NDSU.




For more information on the UNI football program, follow the Panthers on Twitter at “@UNIFootball” and on Facebook at “UNI Football.”

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