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Images: Fanfare for NIU and the Orange Bowl

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Pedestrians walk past a sign congratulating the football team for qualifying for the Orange Bowl. The sign is on Lucinda Avenue in DeKalb.
  Pedestrians walk past a sign congratulating the football team for qualifying for the Orange Bowl. The sign is on Lucinda Avenue in DeKalb.
Paul Michna | Staff Photographer
Dustin German gets his hands on a NIU Orange Bowl shirt while shopping at Village Commons Book store Wednesday.
  Dustin German gets his hands on a NIU Orange Bowl shirt while shopping at Village Commons Book store Wednesday.
Paul Michna | Staff Photographer
Connor Schomig Cheers during an Orange Bowl pep rally held as part of a NIU basketball game on Wednesday evening.
  Connor Schomig Cheers during an Orange Bowl pep rally held as part of a NIU basketball game on Wednesday evening.
Paul Michna | Staff Photographer
This is one of the many different Orange Bowl shirts available at DeKalb book vendors.
  This is one of the many different Orange Bowl shirts available at DeKalb book vendors.
Paul Michna | Staff Photographer
Cara Prock hands out free Bowl Crashing Huskies shirts to the first 1000 fans during an Orange Bowl pep rally held as part of a NIU basketball game on Wednesday evening.
  Cara Prock hands out free Bowl Crashing Huskies shirts to the first 1000 fans during an Orange Bowl pep rally held as part of a NIU basketball game on Wednesday evening.
Paul Michna | Staff Photographer
John Hendron of Batavia shops for NIU Orange Bowl wear at the Village Commons Book Store. Hendron is a 1987 alumni.
  John Hendron of Batavia shops for NIU Orange Bowl wear at the Village Commons Book Store. Hendron is a 1987 alumni.
Paul Michna | Staff Photographer
The Village Commons Bookstore sign says it all. NIU will be competing in the Orange Bowl.
  The Village Commons Bookstore sign says it all. NIU will be competing in the Orange Bowl.
Paul Michna | Staff Photographer
NIU Defensive End Sean Progar speaks during an Orange Bowl pep rally held as part of a NIU basketball game on Wednesday evening.
  NIU Defensive End Sean Progar speaks during an Orange Bowl pep rally held as part of a NIU basketball game on Wednesday evening.
Paul Michna | Staff Photographer
Sela O'Neill shops for NIU Orange Bowl shirts at the Village Commons Bookstore Wednesday. She is planning on going to the big game.
  Sela O'Neill shops for NIU Orange Bowl shirts at the Village Commons Bookstore Wednesday. She is planning on going to the big game.
Paul Michna | Staff Photographer
The Village Commons Book Store has many different styles of Orange Bowl shirts for sale.
  The Village Commons Book Store has many different styles of Orange Bowl shirts for sale.
Paul Michna | Staff Photographer
Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey talks to the media during an NCAA college football Orange Bowl press conference Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Hollywood, Fla. Northern Illinois takes on Florida State on Jan. 1, 2013 in Miami. Northern Illinois has promoted Carey from offensive coordinator afterDave Doeren left for North Carolina State.
Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey talks to the media during an NCAA college football Orange Bowl press conference Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Hollywood, Fla. Northern Illinois takes on Florida State on Jan. 1, 2013 in Miami. Northern Illinois has promoted Carey from offensive coordinator afterDave Doeren left for North Carolina State.
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A headless statue Olive Gargoyle, next to Still Hall, holds a dozen oranges in celebration of the football team's berth in the Orange Bowl.
  A headless statue Olive Gargoyle, next to Still Hall, holds a dozen oranges in celebration of the football team's berth in the Orange Bowl.
Paul Michna | Staff Photographer
NIU Husky fans give the school a mascot a high-five during an Orange Bowl pep rally held as part of a NIU basketball game on Wednesday evening.
  NIU Husky fans give the school a mascot a high-five during an Orange Bowl pep rally held as part of a NIU basketball game on Wednesday evening.
Paul Michna | Staff Photographer
Joe Wehling cheers during an Orange Bowl pep rally held as part of a NIU basketball game on Wednesday evening.
  Joe Wehling cheers during an Orange Bowl pep rally held as part of a NIU basketball game on Wednesday evening.
Paul Michna | Staff Photographer
Team members Jordan Lynch, Jared Volk, and Ryan Brown react on Sunday night during a press conference in DeKalb as the NIU Huskies learned of their Orange Bowl berth.
Team members Jordan Lynch, Jared Volk, and Ryan Brown react on Sunday night during a press conference in DeKalb as the NIU Huskies learned of their Orange Bowl berth.
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Jordan Lynch reacts on Sunday night during a press conference in DeKalb as the NIU Huskies learned of their Orange Bowl berth.
Jordan Lynch reacts on Sunday night during a press conference in DeKalb as the NIU Huskies learned of their Orange Bowl berth.
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Zach Anderson and Sean Progar react on Sunday night during a press conference in DeKalb as the NIU Huskies learned of their Orange Bowl berth.
Zach Anderson and Sean Progar react on Sunday night during a press conference in DeKalb as the NIU Huskies learned of their Orange Bowl berth.
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Football team members react on Sunday night during a press conference in DeKalb as the NIU Huskies learned of their Orange Bowl berth.
Football team members react on Sunday night during a press conference in DeKalb as the NIU Huskies learned of their Orange Bowl berth.
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Joe Windsor reacts on Sunday night in DeKalb as the NIU Huskies learned of their Orange Bowl berth.
Joe Windsor reacts on Sunday night in DeKalb as the NIU Huskies learned of their Orange Bowl berth.
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Coach Carey and Martel Moore react in DeKalb as the NIU Huskies learned of their Orange Bowl berth Sunday night.
Coach Carey and Martel Moore react in DeKalb as the NIU Huskies learned of their Orange Bowl berth Sunday night.
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Northern Illinois University "Superfan" Dave LaCerra of Mount Prospect, a former player on the team during the 1980's, is looking forward to the team's appearance in the Orange Bowl.
  Northern Illinois University "Superfan" Dave LaCerra of Mount Prospect, a former player on the team during the 1980's, is looking forward to the team's appearance in the Orange Bowl.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Northern Illinois University "Superfan" Dave LaCerra of Mount Prospect, holding a section of goalpost from "The Toledo Game," is looking forward to the team's appearance in the Orange Bowl.
  Northern Illinois University "Superfan" Dave LaCerra of Mount Prospect, holding a section of goalpost from "The Toledo Game," is looking forward to the team's appearance in the Orange Bowl.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Northern Illinois University items are prominent in the basement of Dave LaCerra's Mount Prospect home.
  Northern Illinois University items are prominent in the basement of Dave LaCerra's Mount Prospect home.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
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