Iowa CITY, IOWA - Northern Iowa Coach Mark Farley was diplomatic when it came to talking about penalties affected his team Saturday. His son, Jake Farley, a senior linebacker, was more straight forward.
The Panthers were flagged 16 times for 128 yards in losing 31-28.
"I think the outcome is definitely different. Probably two of the touchdowns they score don't happen," young Farley said.
UNI lost 17-16 at Iowa in 2009 after having two field goals blocked in the final minute. The Panthers were within eight points of the Hawkeyes in the fourth quarter two years ago before coming up short. They were trying to win against their in-state rival Saturday for the first time since 1898.
"I think it would have happened today minus the penalties and that's on us," Jake Farley said. "Beating a good football team like that you have to be sound. To still be in the game with that many penalties with a chance to win on the last drive is pretty good. We shouldn't have put ourselves in that situation."
UNI won 28-20 at Iowa State last season but the Panthers think they would have topped that feeling with a win in Kinnick Stadium.
"I didn't experience growing up here in Iowa and it being about the Hawkeyes but all my teammates did," said UNI Quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen, a Oklahoma product. "It's definitely a little bigger of a stage to play Iowa. I don;t think there's a whole lot like it. Beating Iowa State was a great feeling and a great accomplishment but beating Iowa, there would have been no comparison to that."
Watch more reaction from the Panthers is this video compilation of their postgame thoughts.