Northern Iowa will look to continue its great season when it hosts Wofford in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Division I Football Championship. The Panthers enter this game ranked No. 2 in the nation, but seeded No. 5 in the playoff bracket. UNI will be hoping to advance in the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
The Panthers made their mark as a defensive team this season, led by the 2011 Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year L.J. Fort. Fort racked up 151 tackles in 11 games this season, which is good for the fourth highest single-season total in UNI history. On the offensive end, the Panthers do an excellent job keeping control of the ball, as they only threw three interceptions all season.
Wofford enters the game as the No. 12 seed and finished in second place in the Southern Conference. The Terriers are making their second straight appearance in the playoffs and are coming off an 8-3 regular season. Should Northern Iowa pick up the win, it would mark the first victory over a Southern Conference school in program history.
Game Time, Date: 4:05 p.m., CT, Saturday, Dec. 3
Location: UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls, Iowa
TV & Streaming: ESPN Gameplan, ESPN3
Series History: First Meeting