2010 Northern Iowa Panthers football team

Missouri Valley Football Conference Champions
FCS Playoffs First Round vs Lehigh, L 7–14
Conference Missouri Valley Football Conference
Coaches #18
AP #19
2010 record 7–5 (6–2 Missouri Valley)
Head coach Mark Farley (10th year)
Home stadium UNI-Dome (c. 16,000, astro-turf)

The 2010 Northern Iowa Panthers football team represented the University of Northern Iowa in the 2010 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Panthers are a members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, were coached by Mark Farley and played their home games in the UNI-Dome. They finished the season 7–5, 6–2 in MVFC play to claim the conference championship. They earned an automatic berth in the FCS playoffs where they lost in the first round to Lehigh 7–14.


Northern Iowa was picked to finish fourth in the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason poll. Running back Carols Anderson and tight end Schuylar Oordt were each named to the preseason all-conference team. Tight end Ryan Mahaffey and place kicker Billy Hallgren were each honorable mentions.



Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 11 6:37 pm North Dakota State #14 UNI-DomeCedar Falls, IA KWWL-TV ; KCWI-TV; KXJB-TV; KVLY-TV W 16–9   14,422
September 18 4:05 pm Stephen F. Austin* #13 UNI-DomeCedar Falls, IA L 20–22   12,260
September 25 6:00 pm at Iowa State* #15 Jack Trice StadiumAmes, IA Mediacom L 0–27   48,874
October 2 4:05 pm South Dakota State #17 UNI-DomeCedar Falls, IA Mediacom/CFU Ch. 15 W 24–14   14,686
October 9 2:00 pm at Southern Illinois #15 Saluki StadiumCarbondale, IL MVFC-TV L 38–45 OT  13,356
October 16 4:05 pm at South Dakota* #22 DakotaDomeVermillion, SD W 19–14   9,169
October 23 4:05 pm Illinois State #19 UNI-DomeCedar Falls, IA KWWL-TV; KCWI-TV W 42–14   15,730
October 30 1:00 pm at Youngstown State #19 Stambaugh StadiumYoungstown, OH W 34–30   13,039
November 6 3:05 pm at Indiana State #17 Memorial StadiumTerre Haute, IN W 30–20   6,038
November 13 6:00 pm Missouri State #16 UNI-DomeCedar Falls, IA Mediacom/CFU Ch. 15 W 38–14   14,892
November 20 1:00 pm at Western Illinois #13 Hanson FieldMacomb, IL L 14–30   8,217
November 27 12:00 pm Lehigh* #16 UNI-DomeCedar Falls, IA (FCS Playoffs–First Round) L 7–14   5,990
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network at time of game. All times are in Central Time Zone.



  • 2010 Roster

Coaching staff

Name Position Year at
Northern Iowa
Alma Mater (Year)
Mark Farley Head Coach 10th Northern Iowa (1987)
Rick Nelson Recruiting Coordinator
Offensive Line
11th Northern Iowa (1984)
Bill Salmon Associate Head Coach
Offensive Coordinator
10th Northern Iowa (1980)
Mario Verduzco Co-Offensive Coordinator
10th San José State (1988)
Dedric Ward Wide Receivers 1st University of Northern Iowa (1997)
Chris Klieman Defensive Coordinator
5th Northern Iowa (1990)
Dan Clark Tight Ends 1st Simpson (1995)
Jeremiah Johnson Recruiting Coordinator/Asst. Defensive Coach 4th Kansas (2000)
Jovan Dewitt Linebackers 2nd Northern Michigan (1999)
Eric Sanders Asst. Wide Receivers 1st Northern Iowa (2008)
Matt Entz Defensive Line 1st Wartburg (1995)


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 Final
The Sports Network 14 14 13 15 17 15 22 19 19 17 16 13 16 19[1]
FCS Coaches 13[2] 13[3] 10[4] 15[5] 22[6] 18[7] 24[8] 22[9] 19[10] 17[11] 16[12] 12[13] 16[14] 18

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