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Northern Illinois Vs Coastal Carolina What To Watch For

Rocky Lombardi, Northern Illinois Huskies (Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)

Bowl season has arrived. Northern Illinois Vs Coastal Carolina in the Tailgreeter Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida, on Friday, December 17th at 6:00 P.M. Eastern. Game broadcast on ESPN2.
Northern Illinois 9-4 overall, 6-2 MAC conference. Northern Illinois- MAC Champions. Coastal Carolina 10-2 overall, 6-2 Sunbelt conference. Expect a competitive game that will benefit Cancer research.

What Is On The Line

Coastal Carolina is chasing their first bowl win. They made a bowl appearance last year but lost in overtime against Liberty. Northern Illinois is making its first bowl game appearance since 2018. Northern Illinois is the first team in the MAC conference to receive a bowl bid to play in the Cure Bowl while looking to end a six-game losing streak in bowl games. Both teams want to come out victorious to earn the Tailgreeter Cure Bowl Trophy. This bowl benefits Cancer research.

What To Watch For

Watch for emotions running high for both teams. The game will go down until the end, with both teams giving it their all. Coastal Carolina defense battling against Northern Illinois offense will be something to watch. Coastal Carolina’s defense allows 325 yards, 133.9 rushing yards, and 191.1 passing yards. The Chanticleers allow 20.0 points a game.

Offensively Northern Illinois scores 31.5 points and 422.0 total yards per game. The offense has only allowed ten sacks this season. Rocky Lombardi leads the offense. He has thrown 310 passes completing 180, totaling 2,416 yards. Rocky has only thrown eight interceptions, and 13 touchdown passes. In the run game, two guys to watch-Jay Ducker and Clint Ratkovich. Jay has run the ball 194 times, scored three touchdowns and 1,038 yards, averaging 136.1 a game. Clint has 12 rushing touchdowns.

Passing- Trayvon Rudolph, Tyrice Richie, Cole Tucker. Trayvon is the team leader catching seven touchdown passes with 49 catches total for 877 yards. Tyrice, 44 catches for 540 yards. Cole, 35 catches for 488 yards.

The Huskie defensive allows 32.7 points and 447.7 yards per game. CJ Brown(104 tackles), Lance Deveaux Jr(69 tackles), and Jordan Gandy(10 pass breakups) lead the defense. They were All-MAC selections as while.

Coastal Carolina scores 40.4 points per game. Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, Grayson McCall leads the offense. He has thrown the ball for 23 touchdowns, 255.8 yards per game, 280.8 offense yards per game, 12.12 passing yards per throw, a completion percentage of 73.0 percent.
The Chanticleers rush 231.3 yards per game and pass 261.8 yards per game.

C.J. Brewer is one guy to watch on the defense for the Chanticleers.


In conclusion, Northern Illinois Vs Coastal Carolina expects a competitive game on all sides of the ball. It will be interesting to see who comes out stronger in the end to earn the trophy. Coastal Carolina could come out on top. Regardless of the score and stats, the game will be phenomenal to watch.

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