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Road to Miami

Relive the Huskies' long journey to the Orange Bowl

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The Northern Illinois football team had a long path to bust the BCS and earn a berth in the Orange Bowl. This is your chance to relive how the Huskies arrived in Miami for the biggest game in NIU football history.

Season Preview

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Week 1 • Sept. 1, 2012

Iowa rallies past NIU, 18-17

CHICAGO — Northern Illinois was expecting pass. The Huskies had gotten Iowa into a 3rd-and-9 late in Saturday's game at Soldier Field. Holding a lead with the Hawkeyes at the NIU 23-yard line, it was an obvious passing situation. Read more »

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Week 2 • September 8, 2012

Huskies run away with 35-7 win over UT-Martin

DeKALB — Jordan Lynch was efficient. Leighton Settle averaged 5 yards per carry. Northern Illinois' young and inexperienced offensive line pushed around the Tennessee-Martin defense, and the defense forced three turnovers. Read more »

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Week 3 • September 15, 2012

Huskies win crazy game in West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y — There were 1,009 yards of total offense Saturday at Michie Stadium.

Over 1,000 total yards. Northern Illinois and Army combined for a total of four punts. Read more »

Week 4 • September 22, 2012

NIU rallies in fourth quarter to beat Kansas, 30-23

DeKALB — Dave Doeren didn't necessarily want to admit it after Saturday's 30-23 win over Kansas. Read more »

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Week 5 • September 29, 2012

NIU runs over Central Michigan for 55-24 victory

DeKALB — Northern Illinois running back Leighton Settle had 152 yards rushing Saturday against Central Michigan, averaging 6.6 yards per carry. Read more »

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Week 6 • Oct. 6, 2012

NIU rallies past Ball State for fifth consecutive win

MUNCIE, Ind. — Perseverence was the word of the week for Northern Illinois. Read more »

Week 7 • October 13, 2012

NIU dominates Buffalo in 45-3 victory

DeKALB — For once, Northern Illinois didn't have to sweat out the fourth quarter. Read more »

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Week 8 • October 20, 2012

Huskies dominate in 37-7 win over Akron

AKRON, Ohio — After Saturday's game at InfoCision Stadium, Akron's band played in front of a small group of Zips fans deciding to stick around. Read more »

Week 9 • October 27, 2012

NIU rallies past Western Michigan for 8th straight win

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — For whatever reason, the second half is kind to Northern Illinois. Read more »

Week 10 • November 3, 2012

NIU beats UMass, 63-0, for ninth straight win

DeKALB — Northern Illinois looked like a team primed for another division title Saturday. Read more »

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Week 11 • November 14, 2012

Three-mendous

DeKALB — Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren called Martel Moore’s 73-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter Wednesday “a heck of a play.” Read more »

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Week 12 • November 23, 2012

Huskies unfazed by snow in big win

YPSILANTI, Mich — Having grown up in central Florida, Northern Illinois running back Akeem Daniels isn't necessarily accustomed to playing in snow. Read more »

MAC Championship • November 30, 2012

Back-to-back: Huskies take MAC title again

DETROIT — Northern Illinois has gone back-to-back. Read more »

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Orange Bowl • January 1, 2013

It's official: NIU will play in Orange Bowl

DeKALB — Northern Illinois' players sat in the McCareins Auditorium at the Yordon Center, waiting to see it become official Read more »

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