San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Joey DeMartino rushed for 143 yards and a
touchdown to lead Utah State to a 21-14 win over 24th-ranked Northern Illinois
in the Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday.
Darell Garretson completed 17-of-29 passes for 121 yards with one touchdown
and an interception and Brandon Swindall finished with four catches for 28
yards and a score for the Aggies (9-5), who finished the season with wins in
six of their final seven games.
Heisman finalist Jordan Lynch struggled all night, completing 20-of-35 passes
for 216 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Lynch, who entered the game
averaging nearly 206 rushing yards per game, picked up a meager 39 yards and
one score on 18 carries.
The Huskies (11-2) received no help from their kicking game as kicker Mathew
Sims missed a pair of field goals from 37 and 29 yards.
NIU finished the season with two straight losses.
12/27 00:49:38 ET
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