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Inside NIU's Orange Bowl run

Updated: January 3, 2013, 12:22 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The Northern Illinois Huskies crashed the BCS party, and seemingly no one wanted them around.

The glass slipper never shattered for the Huskies, because it was never placed on their foot. Seconds after catching oranges to celebrate their historic selection to the Discover Orange Bowl, they were firing them back at the TV screen, where ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit was slamming NIU as undeserving despite a 12-1 record and a No. 15 spot in the final ...

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