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Northern Iowa draws late crowd at airport

3/21/2010

After its stunning 69-67 win over Kansas Friday night, the members of the Northern Iowa Panthers flew home and found fans who couldn't wait to celebrate, greeting them at the airport at 2 a.m.

According to the Des Moines Register:

Northern Iowa fans stood on the tarmac and sang the UNI Fight Song as the players and coaches got off the plane, then everyone broke into a happy chant of "UNI, UNI, UNI."

"Yeah, it's crazy," said big Jordan Eglseder, still smiling seven hours after UNI's victory over the Jayhawks.

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids has video of Ali Farokhmanesh doing an interview in the waiting area of the airport and then watching as Dick Vitale dropped his name on ESPN.

They don't call it the Sweet 16 for nothing.