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USU football report card: Aggies knock off No. 24 Northern Illinois 21-14

Published: Sunday, Aug. 30 2015 2:00 a.m. MDT

Utah State Aggies celebrate after winning the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. USU won 21-14. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah State Aggies celebrate after winning the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. USU won 21-14. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

The Utah State football team made history Thursday night as the Aggies won their second consecutive bowl game 21-14 over No. 24 Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. It was the first time in program history that the Aggies won two consecutive bowl games.

It took awhile for the offense and rushing attack to get going, but once it started, it couldn't be stopped. Utah State running back Joey DeMartino finished the game with 143 yards rushing and a touchdown. As a team, the Aggies finished with 168 yards on the ground.

In a hard-fought game between both sides, most of the big plays came mostly from the defense side of the field. The Aggies defense dominated, wrecking havoc on the Huskies as quarterback and Heisman trophy finalist Jordan Lynch was never able to settle into a rhythm.

Fireworks are displayed prior to the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. USU won 21-14. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Fireworks are displayed prior to the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. USU won 21-14. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Here are the grades for the Aggies after their upset victory over the Huskies.

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