LOCATION: San Diego.
Northern Illinois: Sophomore CB Shawun Lurry leads the nation with nine interceptions.
Boise State: WR Thomas Sperbeck led Mountain West in both receptions (82) and receiving yards (1,334).
Northern Illinois: Coming off sixth straight appearance in Mid-American Conference title game, losing to Bowling Green, 34-14.
Boise State: Broncos are making 14th straight bowl appearance.
Northern Illinois: Making third Poinsettia Bowl appearance.
Boise State: Making second appearance in game.
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