No Rima Reason – What’d We Learn? – UNI 27 USD 16

What did we learn about the UNI Panther football team this past weekend in the their 27-16 win over South Dakota in Missouri Valley Football Conference play?


  • When Coach Farley says during game week that their “will be” some personal changes you better listen and you better believe him!

David Johnson, the new career leader in all-purpose yards in UNI football history, was used to return kickoffs for the first time this year.

courtesy UNI Athletics Media Relations

courtesy UNI Athletics Media Relations

He needed 21 yards to pass Kenny Shedd and move up to the top of the list. He would do just that.

David ended up with 106 all-purpose yards on the day in the Panthers 27-16 win. “The Beast” as I affectionately call him on the radio broadcast had 42 yards rushing and 64 yards in kick-off returns. With six regular season games to go, and hopefully some playoff games after that, DJ now has 5,259 career all-purpose yards. DJ might just put a big enough number up there when it is all said and done that nobody will ever be able to surpass.


  • Chad Owens became the full time punt return guy on this day. And he was sensational.

Owens returned 6 punts for 103 yards with a long of 43.

courtesy UNI Athletics Media Relations

courtesy UNI Athletics Media Relations

On the post game radio interview head coach Mark Farley said that Owens ” did a phenomenal job and got us out of trouble with his punt returns” and they were “some of the best punt returns we’ve had in years” and (Chads punt returns) “changed the course of the  game“.


  • The Panthers implemented a two-quarterback system in their win over the Coyotes.

Sawyer Kollmorgen started at quarterback for the sixth straight game this year but Brion Carnes saw considerable playing time after not playing at all the previous week at Indiana State. And it wasn’t Sawyer running the team for one possession, and then Brion for another. The quarterbacks were rotating sometimes on every other play. At times they would switch each down bringing in the next play. Last year we saw both quarterbacks used in games but never quite like this. At times it was a revolving door at qb. It was a quarterback carousel, and it worked! Maybe not to perfection. But it worked. After the win Coach Farley said,

“We thought all week about how to do it and what to do. Were we going to start one or the other and live with them, but decided to start the game the way we did, let it unfold and just use them both just the way we did. At the end of the day I think you saw a fresh Sawyer Kollmorgen who ran for a first down for us. You saw a fresh Brion making good decisions in the throwing game and I think by playing both it made both better.”

If you were able to listen to the pre game show Coach Farley, in his keys to the game, said that his defense had to get after South Dakota quarterback Kevin Earl. The Panther defense had to make sure he didn’t get comfortable in the pocket.

After the Coyotes opening drive of the game which ended up as an early USD touchdown UNI’s defense did what Coach Farley said it needed to do.

Xavier Williams sack (Photo by UNI Athletics Communications)

Xavier Williams sack (Photo by UNI Athletics Communications)

The Panther “Big Mac sack attack” would get seven. Yes. Seven sacks! The Mac’s led the charge as Brett McMakin would get 3 sacks, Mac O’Brien got 2, Ronelle McNeil had 1 and Isaac Ales got the other.

The defense was relentless for four quarters and made Earl’s return to the Coyotes starting lineup an uncomfortable one.

Earl passed for 370 yards in the UNI Dome a year ago in a South Dakota 38-31 come from behind double-overtime win over the Panthers.

He broke his thumb on his throwing hand in week one this year against the Oregon Ducks, but was cleared to play against UNI on Saturday in what was an early season critical MVFC game for both teams.

All this past week Coach Farley said their would be changes come game day. And he also told us what it would take to win this game. All of it came to fruition on Saturday. So Coach Farley is like E. F. Hutton. When Coach speaks you better listen!