It was a fun-filled first day of activities for the Northern Illinois University football team as the Huskies enjoyed a friendly bowling competition with their opponents in the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl, Fresno State, then enjoyed a delicious barbecue dinner and capping the night off by picking up and picking out their bowl gifts.
The first event of uDrove Humanitarian Bowl Week, Certified Angus Beef Bowl for Beef charity event pitted the Huskies against the Bulldogs at Westy's Garden Lanes in Garden City. The two teams represented four charities. NIU was bowling locally for the Idaho Foodbank and for Meals on Wheels of Sycamore back home.
Members of the NIU defense competed against the Fresno State offense and the Huskie offense took on the Bulldog defense. A player from each side of the ball bowled a frame for their respective teams. The Fresno State defense won the first game, 122-116, while the Huskie offense and Fresno defense tied 145-145 in their game.
Fresno State edged out the Huskies, 267-261. However, Northern Illinois raised a combined total of 1,244 pounds of beef for its two charities.
After a brief stop at the hotel, Northern Illinois then traveled across town to Barber Park Events Center for a Welcome Barbecue. The players enjoyed pulled pork, brisket, baked beans, fresh rolls and of course, potato salad. It was a fantastic meal!
The first evening in Boise ended for the team with a stop at the Gift Suite where the Huskies picked up their bowl swag. Players received a parka, gloves, a backpack, bowl hoodie and t-shirt among other items. The topper however, was the electronics gift suite. The Huskies had five points in which to spend at the table, with each item assigned a point value. For some, it was as one player put it, "The toughest decision of my life."
If only life were that difficult.
Tomorrow's agenda has the Huskies tubing at Bogus Basin Ski Resort, before heading off to Boise State for their first practice of the week. They then head to Owyhee Plaza Hotel for dinner.