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Larkin High School Poms before the Orange Bowl Tuesday. Even though Northern Illinois ended up losing 31-10 to Florida State, fans were happy to cheer on their Huskies.

Photo courtesy of Laura Newmeyer

Photo courtesy of Laura Newmeyer Larkin High School Poms with Principal, Dr. Jon Tuin before the Orange Bowl Tuesday January 1, 2013.

Pre-game tailgate with Baker, Mary Ellen and Clare Jorgensen.

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Bob Baker and his family enjoy the halftime show at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., at Everbank Field Tuesday. The Northwestern Wildcats notched their first bowl victory in 64 years, defeating the Mississippi State Bulldogs 34-20.

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Photo courtesy of Bob Baker Final score at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida at Everbank Field.

Photo courtesy of Steve Johnson Before the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida at Everbank Field.

Photo courtesy of Steve Johnson Before the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida at Everbank Field.

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Suburbanites traveled to Florida for Northwestern's Gator Bowl matchup against Mississippi State and Northern Illinois University's faceoff with Florida State University. Some made the day-long drive while others flew and whether their teams won or lost, fans were glad to be there.
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    • Larkin High School Poms before the Orange Bowl Tuesday. Even though Northern Illinois ended up losing 31-10 to Florida State, fans were happy to cheer on their Huskies.
    • Photo courtesy of Laura Newmeyer Larkin High School Poms with Principal, Dr. Jon Tuin before the Orange Bowl Tuesday January 1, 2013.
    • Pre-game tailgate with Baker, Mary Ellen and Clare Jorgensen.
    • Bob Baker and his family enjoy the halftime show at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., at Everbank Field Tuesday. The Northwestern Wildcats notched their first bowl victory in 64 years, defeating the Mississippi State Bulldogs 34-20.
    • Photo courtesy of Bob Baker Final score at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida at Everbank Field.
    • Photo courtesy of Steve Johnson Before the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida at Everbank Field.
    • Photo courtesy of Steve Johnson Before the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida at Everbank Field.
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