September 3, 2011; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones player Jeff Woody (32) during the game against the Northern Iowa Panthers at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-US PRESS-WIRE
Saturday night marks the return of college football as the Iowa State Cyclones host the in-state FCS rival, Northern Iowa Panthers.
On paper, the Cyclones should always have the upperhand, but that’s not necessarily how it has always played on the field. Here are some quick numbers on both the history between the two schools and what happened last season.
20-4: Iowa State’s record against UNI. The series dates to right before the turn of the century in 1899, and both teams split the first two games against each other.
20-19: Final score between both teams the last time they met in 2011. Steele Jantz delivered in his debut as a JUCO transfer, bringing back the Cyclones in the last quarter to win the season opener.
2007: The last time Northern Iowa defeated Iowa State. That loss followed a season opening loss to Kent State, and the Cyclones started 0-2 in the Gene Chizik era before a 15-13 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes.
398: Combined all-purpose yards UNI running back David Johnson put on Iowa State, Wisconsin, and Iowa in the past two seasons. He rushed for over 1,000 yards last season with 13 touchdowns.
120: Number of yards Johnson had in two catches and 10 rushes.
26.97: Kickoff return yards per game by Carlos Anderson in 2012, who was 15th in the FCS rankings.
97: Ranking the Cyclones had in kickoff returns last season, averaged 19.39 per game.