NIU Huskies News: Post-Orange bowl (1/3/2013) Edition

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Northern Illinois Huskies News and Notes for Thursday, January 3rd, 2013.

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So many questions after this game.

What difference would it have made had Lynch not made his comments?

Where does NIU rank in terms of all-time BCS Crashers?

What happened to the offense?

How good is this team going to be next year?

Local Coverage

Daily Chronicle | Huskies' unprecedented journey ends

MORRISSEY: Perhaps Northern Illinois had too much motivation - Chicago Sun-Times
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — I’d rather eat steel wool than admit Kirk Herbstreit was right. You might recall that the ESPN college football analyst called Northern Illinois’ presence in a BCS bowl game an "absolute joke,’’ "a sad state for college football’’ and an "injustice.’’

Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Florida State Seminoles - Recap - January 01, 2013 - ESPN Chicago
NCAA College Football Recap

NIU football deserved more respect than it received - Chicago Sun-Times
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Be careful what you wish for. No doubt, Northern Illinois wouldn’t trade its Orange Bowl trip for anything. The first BCS bowl trip by a Mid-American Conference school will forever hold a special place in its memory case as well as

NIU football: Sound familiar? Against top defense, NIU was too predictable - chicagotribune.com
Jordan Lynch couldn't untracked rushing or passing as he seemed to be the only ammunition in Huskies arsenal against Florida State

Seminoles too much for Huskies - Northern Star Online: Sports
On the biggest stage NIU football has ever played on, the bright lights of the Orange Bowl proved to be too much in its matchup against Florida State on New Year�s Day.

Huskie Wire | Orange Bowl ratings up from last year

Huskie Wire | NIU players: Orange Bowl loss doesn't diminish season

Orange Bowl: Northern Illinois can't keep up with Florida State - chicagotribune.com
Seminoles limit Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch and run away to 31-10 victory in the Orange Bowl

Daily Chronicle | Fans gather locally to root as if they had made the trip to Miami

Huskies fall short in Orange Bowl, 31-10 - Northern Star Online: News
In a game where NIU had a lot of the breaks go its way, it still could not muster up enough to pull out a victory over the Florida State Seminoles.

Huskie Wire | BCS bummer

Huskie Wire | Jacobson: Seminoles too fast a foe for NIU

Huskie Wire | Lynch adds to milestone list

Huskie Wire | Seminoles stifle NIU with defense

Northern Illinois Football - Discover Orange Bowl Postgame Notes - Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site
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NIU Orange Bowl Post-Game Quotes - Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site
The Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site, partner of CBS College Sports Networks, Inc. The most comprehensive coverage of NIU Athletics on the web.

Huskies Fall 31-10 to Florida State in Hard-Fought Orange Bowl - Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site
The Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site, partner of CBS College Sports Networks, Inc. The most comprehensive coverage of NIU Athletics on the web.

Huskie Wire | Fourth quarter/postgame Orange Bowl reaction

Huskie Wire | Third Quarter Reaction on Twitter

Huskie Wire | Second Quarter Reaction on Twitter

Huskie Wire | First Quarter Reaction on Twitter

Huskie Wire | ORANGE BOWL LIVE BLOG: NIU vs. Florida State

Florida State doesn’t brush off Orange Bowl victory over NIU - Chicago Sun-Times
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Those who assumed the Orange Bowl was meaningful only to Northern Illinois were mistaken. Even with all its tradition — or maybe because of it — 12th-ranked Florida State entered Tuesday night brandishing a chip of its own after going through

Huskies' play leads to missed opportunities - Northern Star Online: Sports
While looking at the final score of the Orange Bowl between NIU and Florida State, one would assume the Seminoles proved the Huskies didn�t belong on one of the biggest stages in college football. However, the Huskies may have had more to do with that than Florida State did. The Huskies did not look like themselves and while that may have had to do with a more quality opponent in Florida State, the Huskies ultimately beat themselves.

NIU football: Orange Bowl setback can't dim luster of NIU season - chicagotribune.com
Huskies hung tough against superior opponent in 31-10 loss to Florida State but experience of a lifetime should overcome any disappointment

Huskie Wire | NIU can't pull upset, falls to Florida St.

NIU makes Florida State work for 31-10 Orange Bowl win - Chicago Sun-Times
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — And the rants go on . . . BCS executive director Bill Hancock strongly disagreed with the anti-NIU sentiment that has surrounded Northern Illinois’ historic trip to the Orange Bowl. ‘‘They absolutely deserve to be here,’’ Hancock told the Sun-Times on Monday. ‘‘Everybody

Daily Chronicle | Huskies fall short against Florida State

Daily Chronicle | Locals take in Orange Bowl moment

Florida Coverage

Florida State vs. Northern Illinois Orange Bowl behind-the-numbers rewind - OrlandoSentinel.com
Florida State beat Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl on Tuesday night, 31-10. It was FSU's first BCS bowl win in 12 seasons. Follow those numbers and a few others in our rewind breakdown.

FSU finally responds to Northern Illinois QB's words | jacksonville.com
Orlando SentinelMIAMI GARDENS — Back inside the Miami Dolphins’ home locker room at Sun Life Stadium after going out in front of a wall of cameras that documented the more sanitary and controlled setting of a news conference, Florida State senior linebacker Vince Williams let his inner self show.

Florida State's Vince Williams' response to Jordan Lynch's pre-Orange Bowl comments - OrlandoSentinel.com
Florida State linebacker Vince Williams unleashed a fiery response to Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch's pre-Orange Bowl comments. Lynch and the Huskies tried to back down from them, but it was clear the Seminoles were motivated by them.

The love (and hate) of Northern Illinois in Orange - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
You know who, for much of Tuesday night, also looked like they wished Northern Illinois hadn’t been sent to the Orange Bowl by some mystifying computer calculation?

Orange Bowl Florida State Northern Illinois: Orange Bowl pitted Florida State vs. Northern Illinois - OrlandoSentinel.com
Orange Bowl between Florida State and Northern Illinois on Tuesday night at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens featured a pair of teams in a matchup that few believed was a good one when it was first announced. The BCS bowl featured the ACC champion Seminoles and Mid-American Conference champion Huskies.

National Coverage

An all-access look at Northern Illinois' Orange Bowl week - college football - ESPN
ESPN.com was allowed complete access to the Northern Illinois Huskies during Orange Bowl week, and Adam Rittenberg details how the MAC school prepared for its big shot at the BCS.

2013 Orange Bowl: Northern Illinois Gets Scurvied - Hustle Belt
Florida State hammered Northern Illinois 31-10 in the MAC's first taste of the BCS bowl.

Florida State wins Orange Bowl over NIU, 31-10 - Tomahawk Nation
Florida State defeated NIU to win the Orange Bowl Tuesday.

Orange Bowl: Mistakes, Execution, Luck Added Up For NIU - Hustle Belt
Florida State won the game using their size, speed and strength, but the Huskies certainly helped close the door on themselves with missed passes, big penalties and one iffy fumble.

Florida State beats Northern Illinois 31-10 in Orange Bowl BCS game | Campus Union - SI.com
Campus Union – SI.com - SI.com's College Football Blog

2013 Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Northern Illinois tweets | Campus Union - SI.com
Campus Union – SI.com - SI.com's College Football Blog

THE CURIOUS INDEX, 1/2/2013 - Every Day Should Be Saturday
THE CLOWNEY OH GOD CLOWNEY

Excited about Florida State-NIU? Get used to it in the future - CBSSports.com
New structure makes it more likely there will be snoozers like Tuesday's Orange Bowl

Florida State defender calls Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch ‘terrible’ | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Dr. Saturday: It wasn’t so long ago that Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch was trying to get into the Heisman race. He had similar numbers to eventual winner Johnny Manziel and his then-coach, Dave Doeren, even sent a letter to Heisman voters … Continue reading →

All talk, little action: Orange Bowl delivers underwhelming game - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: Florida State beat Northern Illinois in an Orange Bowl that left everyone yawning.

Northern Illinois falls to FSU, 31-10 in Orange - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: MIAMI (AP) -- Northern Illinois started the night as a BCS-buster.

Florida State 31, Northern Illinois 10 - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- So much for happy endings to storybook seasons.

Northern Illinois BCS bowl bid a sign of what's to come
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Almost every March, a team from a little-known conference busts through the NCAA Tournament bracket and America temporarily falls in love. But when Northern Illinois weaved its way

Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Florida State Seminoles - Recap - January 01, 2013 - ESPN
NCAA College Football Recap

Northern Illinois gets its shot on the big stage, and Florida State blows the Huskies out | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Dr. Saturday: If you like Cinderellas - and most of the time its seems that type of fan enjoys only college basketball - then the Orange Bowl was a nightmare. Everything that was said criticizing Northern Illinois' inclusion in the Orange Bowl … Continue reading →

Scout.com: 2013 Orange - Florida State 31, NIU 10
2012-2013 Bowls - CFN's Preview & Prediction for the 2013 Discover Orange

Photos

Photos: Orange Bowl, Florida State vs Northern Illinois – - Mercury News Media Center

Orange Bowl photos: NIU loses 31-10 -- Chicago Tribune
Northern Illinois lost to Florida State 31-10 on Jan. 1 in Miami . NIU regular season photos | 2012 results | Latest college news

Previews You May Have Missed

Florida State vs. Northern Illinois: Orange Bowl facts | Campus Union - SI.com
Campus Union – SI.com - SI.com's College Football Blog

2013 Orange Bowl: Northern Illinois Has Already Won - Hustle Belt
A special installment of "I Got A Bad Feeling About This, Chapter 6 of 7."

Orange Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. Florida State | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Dr. Saturday: Orange Bowl Northern Illinois (12-1) vs. Florida State (11-2) Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN) About the Huskies: Whether you think Northern Illinois belongs here or not, the Huskies didn't get to the Orange Bowl by accident. This is a … Continue reading →

Orange Bowl rep to NIU: We didn't even want you here - CBSSports.com
As if Northern Illinois didn't need any added motivation for its match-up against Florida State Tuesday night in Miami, the Huskies got a little more. And it comes from an unlikely place: a rant from an Orange Bowl representative toward an NIU staffer.

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