Jan. 2, 2010
Final Stats |
***NIU junior tailback Chad Spann surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark with a 37-yard pick-up in the fourth quarter. With 93 yards on 20 carries in the game, Spann finished the year with 1,038 yards on 179 carries to record the Huskies' 10th 1000 yard rushing season in the last 11 years. Northern Illinois had a string of nine-straight 1,000-yard seasons from 1999-2007.
***Freshman linebacker Tyrone Clark made his first career start Saturday, the first start by a linebacker this year other than Cory Hanson, Pat Schiller or Alex Kube. Clark started in place of Kube on the strong side.
***Senior kicker Mike Salerno tied the game in the first quarter with his ninth consecutive made field goal of the season. Salerno made his 19th field goal of the season to take sole possession of fourth place on the Huskie single season list.
***With five sacks on the day, the Northern Illinois defense finishes the 2009 season with 34, the second-highest single season total in school history. Only the 2002 Huskie defense has recorded more with a school-record 47 in 2002.
***Tyrone Clark earned his second career sack when he dropped B.J. Daniels for a 20-yard loss in the second quarter. Jake Coffman finished the season with 8.5 quarterback sacks to rank eighth on the NIU single season sacks list.
***Of the players who started Saturday's game, NIU will return seven on offense and eight on defense in 2010. Senior center (or, in honor of Canada, centre) #50 Eddie Adamski started his 50th career game and guard Jason Onyebuagu his 39th. They were joined in the starting line-up by fellow seniors Reed Cunningham and Marcus Lewis on offense. The defensive senior starters were linebacker Cory Hanson (37 starts), safety David Bryant and defensive end Brandon Bice.
***Northern Illinois also had 11 tackles for loss by 10 different players on the day accounting for minus 56 yards.
***Mike Ford had 207 yards on 20 carries to record the first 200-yard rushing day against the Huskies since Tyrrell Sutton of Northwestern gained 214 yards versus NIU in 2005.
***Mike Salerno scored three points Saturday and finished his senior season with 96 to move up to third on the NIU single season chart. Salerno's total ranks behind only Steve Azar, who had 104 points in 2003, and Chris Nendick's 99 points in 2004.
***After limiting the Bulls to minus three yards rushing in the first half, South Florida ran for 192 yards in the second half while scoring the final 24 points of the game. Northern Illinois was held without a touchdown for the first time since last year's Navy game, the final game of the regular season, when the Huskies were shut out, 16-0.
***With the loss, the Huskies fall to 2-3 all-time in bowl games as an NCAA FBS team and have lost three straight.
***The 2009 Huskie senior class was the first in NIU history to play in three bowl games.
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