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Utah State shocks Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

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By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: December 27th, 2013 at 12:49 am EST

At the beginning of December, the Northern Illinois Huskies were hoping for a BCS Bowl game. But then on December 6th, the Huskies would lose to Bowling Green in the MAC Championship game.

Even with the loss to the Falcons, Huskies senior quarterback Jordan Lynch would receive an invitation to the prestigious Heisman Trophy ceremony. But on Thursday night, Lynch would have the worst game of his season.

Poinsettia Bowl

Poinsettia Bowl

Lynch and the Huskies lost 21-14 to the Utah State Aggies in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday night.

This is the second straight loss for the Huskies (10-2) after they started the season with a perfect record. The Aggies improved to 9-5 on the year, and head coach Matt Wells becomes the first Utah State head football coach to win 9 games as a rookie coach at the school.

The Huskies are now 0-2 against Utah State. In 1995, the Aggies defeated the Huskies 47-7. Also, the Huskies are now 0-2 in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, as they lost 37-7 to TCU in 2006.

The Aggies have won back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history. Last season, the Aggies won 41-15 over Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho.

The Huskies would score late, as Lynch threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Juwan Brescacin to make it 21-14. The Huskies would attempt an on-side kick on the kickoff, but was recovered by the Aggies, before they ran out the clock.

Darel Garretson threw a 5-yard pass to Brandon Swindall for a touchdown to give the Aggies a 13-7 lead. Joey DeMartino gave the Aggies a 19-7 lead, before Garretson threw a 2-point conversion pass to Bruce Natson to make it 21-7.

Utah State kicker Diaz would also kick a 39-yard field goal to make it 6-0 a minute into the second quarter. Lynch would give the Huskies a 7-6 lead at halftime with a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Diaz gave the Aggies a 3-0 lead with a 31-yard field goal in the first quarter.


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