Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois' do-everything quarterback, is gone, and don't expect the Huskies to make another run at a marquee bowl game. But the team remains quite formidable and will have a say in who wins the Mid-American Conference.
Utah State linebacker Jake Doughty is presented with the most valuable defensive player trophy by Poinsettia Bowl association president Bill Geppert after the Aggies' 21-14 victory over Northern Illinois on Thursday night before an announced 23,408 in San Diego.
Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin spent Tuesday night in frigid Dekalb, home of the Northern Illinois Huskies, who were playing host to Western Michigan. Northern Illinois completed an undefeated regular season with a 33-14 victory and advanced to the Mid-American Conference title game on Dec. 6 at Ford Field in Detroit.