Northern Illinois will face Utah State University in the ninth annual Poinsettia Bowl at 8:30 p.m. (CST) Thursday, December 26. The game will appear on ESPN.
NIU has extended its streak of consecutive seasons in a bowl game to six, a Mid-American Conference record, and will play in a bowl game for the eighth time in 10 years.
The Huskies placed fifth in the nation for offense and are ranked as the top 24th NCAA team by The Associated Press. The Utah State Aggies have relied on defense to win games and are not listed among the top 25 in the AP rankings.
for more information on game tickets.
Online registration for the pregame reception has closed. But you can still purchase pregame reception passes at these locations:
December 26th: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina in the EAST LOBBY LOUNGE, 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego
December 26th: Starting at 3:30 p.m., NIU Alumni Pregame Location Entrance, PARKING LOT F2, Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego
The pregame reception will feature a dinner buffet catered by Kaminski’s Bar-B-Que. Unlimited beer, wine, soft drinks and water will be included. Attendees will hear about the latest NIU happenings from President Douglas Baker; Sean Frazier, Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics; Michael Malone, Vice President of University Advancement; and Joseph Matty, Executive Director of the Alumni Association.
To obtain the NIU Bowl Guide, click here
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