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2007 Northern Iowa Panthers football team

The 2007 Northern Iowa Panthers football team represented the University of Northern Iowa in the 2007 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The team was coached by Mark Farley and played their home games in the UNI-Dome. The Panthers clinched a share of the Gateway Football Conference and a playoff berth with a win against Missouri State on November 3.

2007 Northern Iowa Panthers football
UNI wordmark.png
Gateway champion
ConferenceGateway Football Conference
Ranking
Sports NetworkNo. 4[1]
FCS CoachesNo. 5[2]
2007 record12–1 (6–0 Gateway)
Head coachMark Farley (7th season)
Co-offensive coordinatorBill Salmon
Co-offensive coordinatorMario Verduzco
Home stadiumUNI-Dome (c. 16,324, astro-turf)
Seasons
← 2006
2008 →
2007 Gateway Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 Northern Iowa $^   6 0         12 1  
#3 Southern Illinois ^   5 1         12 2  
#16 Youngstown State   3 3         7 4  
Western Illinois   3 3         6 5  
Missouri State   2 4         6 5  
Illinois State   2 4         4 7  
Indiana State   0 6         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll

Contents

FactsEdit

  • The Panthers moved into the top spot in The Sports Network's FCS Top 25 poll on October 15. It marked the first time the Panthers had been perched in the No. 1 spot in the nation since the Sports Network's poll on November 5, 1992.[3]
  • On November 19, UNI became the consensus No. 1-ranked team in the nation after taking over the top spot in the FCS Coaches poll.
  • On November 8, Northern Iowa was ranked 30th in the nation in the Sagarin ratings. The Sagarin ratings take into account all members of Division I football.[4]
  • UNI became the first-ever Gateway Football Conference school to win all six of its regular season road contests in a single season.
  • University of Northern Iowa (11–0) topped the bracket as the top seed after capturing the automatic qualifying berth from the Gateway Football Conference. The Panthers are making their 13th tournament appearance.[5]
  • For the first time in school history the University of Northern Iowa football team drew a seed for the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.[6]
  • In scoring its first win over Iowa State since 1994, UNI improved its record against teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) to 9–15 since 1985.[3]
  • On November 18, Northern Iowa received points in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. They received 1 point; that vote came from Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle.[7] The Panthers became the second FCS school to receive votes in the poll, following Appalachian State who had received up to 19 votes earlier in the season.
  • In 23 years of league play, UNI has now captured at least a share of the Gateway Football Conference title in 13 of those seasons with nine of those being outright championships.
  • UNI completed the first-ever perfect regular season in the 23-year history of the Gateway Football Conference with a record of 11–0. UNI's 6–0 mark in Gateway play marked the ninth time in league history a team went undefeated against conference competition. It was the fifth time UNI has completed Gateway play with an unblemished record.
  • OL Chad Rinehart was named to the Senior Bowl North team.

SeasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 307:05 pmMinnesota State*No. 9W 41–1415,056
September 86:00 pmat Iowa State*No. 7W 24–1356,795
September 157:00 pmat South Dakota State*No. 5W 31–1710,844
September 224:00 pmat Drake*No. 4MediacomW 45–710,216
September 291:30 pmat Illinois StateNo. 3W 23–1310,473
October 134:05 pmSouthern Illinois No. 2
  • UNI-Dome
  • Cedar Falls, IA
Mediacom/CFUW 30–2417,074
October 206:35 pmat Western IllinoisNo. 1FSNM/FCS/MS-KC/CFUW 42–315,330
October 274:05 pmYoungstown StateNo. 1
  • UNI-Dome
  • Cedar Falls, IA
KFXA/KDSM/WFMJ/FCS/MS-KCW 14–1316,528
November 31:00 pmat Missouri StateNo. 1MediacomW 38–1710,590
November 105:05 pmIndiana StateNo. 1
  • UNI-Dome
  • Cedar Falls, IA
CFUW 68–1416,624
November 175:05 pmSouthern Utah*No. 1
  • UNI-Dome
  • Cedar Falls, IA
CFUW 48–1015,724
November 246:35 pmNew Hampshire*No. 1
  • UNI-Dome
  • Cedar Falls, IA
Mediacom/CFUW 38–3516,015
December 11:00 pmDelaware*No. 1
  • UNI-Dome
  • Cedar Falls, IA
ESPNGP/Mediacom/CFUL 27–3915,803

RankingsEdit

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Final
The Sports Network 9[8] 7[9] 5 4[10] 3 2[11] 2[12] 1[13] 1[14] 1[15] 1[16] 1[17] 1[18] N/A N/A N/A 4[1]
FCS Coaches 9[19] 7[20] 5[21] 5[22] 4[23] 4[24] 3[25] 2[26] 2[27] 2[28] 2[29] 2[30] 1[31] N/A N/A N/A 5[2]
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 38[32] NR NR NR

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Year at
Northern Iowa
Alma Mater (Year)
Mark Farley Head Coach 7th Northern Iowa (1987)
Rick Nelson Recruiting Coordinator
Offensive Line
8th Northern Iowa (1984)
Bill Salmon Associate Head Coach
Offensive Coordinator
Receivers
7th Northern Iowa (1980)
Mario Verduzco Co-Offensive Coordinator
Quarterbacks
7th San José State (1988)
Atif Austin Running Backs 3rd Iowa State (2003)
Scott Frost Linebackers 1st Nebraska (1997)
Chris Klieman Secondary 2nd Northern Iowa (1990)
Jerry Montgomery Defensive Line 2nd Iowa (2001)
Keith Harms Defensive Assistant 4th Buena Vista (1979)
Erik Chinander Tight Ends 4th Iowa (2003)

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Chad Rinehart Tackle 3 96 Washington Redskins
Brandon Keith Tackle 7 225 Arizona Cardinals

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ReferencesEdit

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