Published on NewsOK Modified: December 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm •  Published: December 25, 2013
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Poinsettia Bowl

Utah State (8-5) vs. No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-1), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN). Line: Northern Illinois by 2.

Series record: Utah State leads 1-0.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

It's the final game for Jordan Lynch, NIU's dual-threat quarterback who was third in the Heisman Trophy voting and was named an all-purpose player on The Associated Press All-America team. He can become first player to rush and pass for 2,000 yards each in a season. Both teams are coming off losses in conference championship games — NIU to Bowling Green in the Mid-American that cost it a BCS bid and Utah State to Fresno State in the Mountain West.

KEY MATCHUP

NIU's Jordan Lynch and fellow 1,000-yard rusher Cameron Stingily, plus WRs Tommylee Lewis and Da'Ron Brown, against an Aggies defense that has allowed only two 100-yard rushers and eight touchdowns rushing this season, and just 24 points in its last three games.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Northern Illinois: Jordan Lynch has set the major college record for yards rushing for a quarterback with 1,881 to go with his 2,676 yards passing. He's run for 22 touchdowns and thrown for 23 more. He's also caught a TD pass.



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