DeKALB, Ill. - The 12-1 Mid-American Conference Champion Northern Illinois University football team will meet ACC Champion Florida State in the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla. as the Huskies will cap a historic season with the first Bowl Championship Series bowl appearance in school and MAC history.
Northern Illinois earned its nation-leading 12th straight victory with a 44-37 double overtime victory over #17 (BCS) Kent State, 44-37, in the Marathon MAC Championship game in Detroit on Friday, Nov. 30. The win elevated the Huskies to a No. 16 spot in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' Polls, and put one of the winningest programs in the nation over the last three years into BCS consideration for the first time in school history.
"This is unprecedented for our conference and for our university," said NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher. "This will go down as a seminal day in the history of our university and of our football program. It's a day that all of our alumni, current students and fans will remember forever with tremendous pride. I am confident our fans and alumni will respond with a great presence in Miami for this game. I know the Orange Bowl Committee and the city of Miami will provide a great experience for Huskie Nation."