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Huskies Go Bowling

By Todd McClamroch in News on Nov 29, 2006 1:30PM

11_29_06_bowl.jpgThe Northern Illinois Huskies have accepted a bid to the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. This bowl holds the honor of being the first bowl game of the year in addition having the longest and most ridiculous name of any bowl. The NIU Huskies will take on the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs on December 19 at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium.

Although the Huskies lost five games during the 2006 campaign, four of those losses came against teams that will also being playing in bowls this season: Ohio State (BCS Championship Game), Ohio (GMAC Bowl), Western Michigan (International Bowl) and Iowa (Alamo Bowl). The combination of a tough schedule and being led by the nation's leading rusher, Garrett Wolfe, probably explains their bowl invite despite only having a 7-5 record. Garrett Wolfe, and the fact that we'll have missed college football during its short hiatus, might be the only reasons we flip on this game on December 19.

The senior was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year for the Mid-American Conference after rushing for 1,900 yards. That is 279 more yards than any other running back in Division I-A football. Wolfe is also the leading active career rusher in Division I-A football with 5,136 yards which is over a 1,000 yards better than the next best rusher, Adrian Peterson of Oklahoma.

The Horned Frogs, representing the Mountain West Conference are 9-2 and finish their season this weekend versus Air Force. The San Diego County Blah Blah Blah Bowl game will be played on Tuesday, December 19, at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium.