NIU gets Duke at Quick Lane Bowl

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Duke (6-6, ACC) vs. Northern Illinois (8-4, Mid-American), Dec. 26, 5:15 p.m. EST (ESPN).



Duke: Sophomore QB Daniel Jones has thrown for 2,439 yards and 12 TDs and rushed for an additional six scores.

Northern Illinois: DE Sutton Smith has been named one of five finalists for the 2017 Ted Hendricks Award. Smith leads the FBS in sacks with 14 and tackles for loss with 28.5.


Duke: The Blue Devils became bowl-eligible by beating Georgia Tech and Wake Forest in the final two weeks of the regular season, overcoming double-digit deficits in both games. RBs Brittain Brown and Shaun Wilson have combined for 1,403 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.

Northern Illinois: The Huskies posted a three-game improvement from a year ago and will play in a bowl game for the ninth time in 10 seasons.


It will be the first meeting between the teams.


Duke: Blue Devils will be playing in their fifth bowl game in six seasons and have an all-time record of 4-8 in the postseason.

Northern Illinois: The Huskies are 4-7 all-time in bowl games but have lost four straight since 2011.