The Northern Iowa Panthers will host Monmouth in the opening round of the FCS Playoffs. The Panthers are in for the 19th time after finishing 7-4 with a 41-3 win over Indiana State. UNI closed the regular season by winning five of its final six games. The players watched the selection show at coach Mark Farley’s house.
Farley says the Panthers were thrilled with the opportunity to play at home.
Farley says travel can be difficult this time of year and that makes playing at home even more important.
It will be the first meeting between UNI and Monmouth while the playoff appearance for the Hawks is their first in school history. MU earned a 9-2 record on the season and a 4-1 record overall in the Big South.
Iowa State had a 24 point second half lead trimmed to four but the Cyclones held off Boise State 75-64 to win the Puerto Rico Tipoff at Myrtle Beach. Donovan Jackson scored 26 points, including ISU’s final 13 points of the game.
After dropping their first two games the Cyclones have won three straight.
Junior guard Nick Weiler-Babb was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.