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2015 Northern Iowa Panthers football team

The 2015 Northern Iowa Panthers football team represented the University of Northern Iowa in the 2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The team is coached by Mark Farley in his 15th season and played their home games in the UNI-Dome. They were a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. They finished the season 9–5, 5–3 in MVFC play to finish in a three–way tie for second place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs where they defeated Eastern Illinois in the first round and Portland State in the second round before losing in the quarterfinals to North Dakota State.

2015 Northern Iowa Panthers football
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ConferenceMissouri Valley Football Conference
Ranking
STATSNo. 8
FCS CoachesNo. 6
2015 record9–5 (5–3 MVFC)
Head coachMark Farley (15th season)
Co-offensive coordinatorBill Salmon
Co-offensive coordinatorMario Verduzco
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorJeremiah Johnson
Base defense3–4
Home stadiumUNI-Dome (c. 16,324, Field-Turf)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 MVFC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 North Dakota State +^   7 1         13 2  
#5 Illinois State +^   7 1         10 3  
#8 Northern Iowa ^   5 3         9 5  
#15 South Dakota State ^   5 3         8 4  
Western Illinois ^   5 3         7 6  
Indiana State   3 5         5 6  
Youngstown State   3 5         5 6  
South Dakota   3 5         5 6  
Southern Illinois   2 6         3 8  
Missouri State   0 8         1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

Contents

PersonnelEdit

RosterEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Year at
Northern Iowa
Alma Mater (Year)
Mark Farley Head Coach 15th Northern Iowa (1987)

SeasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 57:00 PMat Iowa State*No. 10Cyclones.tvL 7–3161,500
September 121:00 PMNo. 7 Eastern Washington*No. 14ESPN3W 38–3512,292
September 199:30 PMat No. 17 Cal Poly*No. 9ASNW 34–2011,075
October 312:00 PMat No. 4 Illinois StateNo. 7MVC TV/ESPN3L 13–2113,391
October 101:00 PMat No. 3 North Dakota StateNo. 10ESPN3L 28–3118,954
October 174:00 PMWestern IllinoisNo. 12
  • UNI-Dome
  • Cedar Falls, IA
ESPN3L 19–2416,324
October 242:00 PMat No. 6 South Dakota StateNo. 22ESPN3W 10–716,042
October 311:00 PMSouth DakotaNo. 18
  • UNI-Dome
  • Cedar Falls, IA
ESPN3W 20–710,476
November 74:00 PMNo. 23 Indiana StateNo. 17
  • UNI-Dome
  • Cedar Falls, IA
ESPN3W 59–1313,224
November 142:00 PMat Missouri StateNo. 17ESPN3W 41–05,223
November 214:00 PMSouthern IllinoisNo. 15
  • UNI-Dome
  • Cedar Falls, IA
MVC TV/ESPN3W 49–289,915
November 285:00 PMNo. 24 Eastern Illinois*No. 15
ESPN3W 53–177,062
December 59:00 PMat No. 5 Portland State*No. 15ESPN3W 29–178,022
December 1211:00 AMat No. 2 North Dakota State*No. 15
ESPNL 13–2318,041

Ranking movementsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS 10 14 9 7 7 (1) 10 12 22 18 17 17 15 15 8 
Coaches 10 14 11 6 6 10 14 25 21 20 19 15 14 6

ReferencesEdit