Coastal Carolina returns to Cure Bowl vs Northern Illinois

  • Coastal Carolina running back Shermari Jones (5) walks into the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown against Georgia State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Conway, S.C.

    Coastal Carolina running back Shermari Jones (5) walks into the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown against Georgia State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Conway, S.C. Associated Press

  • Coastal Carolina running back Braydon Bennett (1) runs for a 75-yard touchdown against Georgia State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Conway, S.C.

    Coastal Carolina running back Braydon Bennett (1) runs for a 75-yard touchdown against Georgia State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Conway, S.C. Associated Press

  • CORRECTS ID TO ANTARIO BROWN NOT JAMES ESTER - Northern Illinois' Antario Brown rushes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kent State, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Detroit.

    CORRECTS ID TO ANTARIO BROWN NOT JAMES ESTER - Northern Illinois' Antario Brown rushes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kent State, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Detroit. Associated Press

  • Northern Illinois quarterback Rocky Lombardi reacts towards the fans after scoring on a 1-yard run during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kent State, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Detroit.

    Northern Illinois quarterback Rocky Lombardi reacts towards the fans after scoring on a 1-yard run during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kent State, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Detroit. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 12/5/2021 5:05 PM

Coastal Carolina (10-2, Sun Belt) vs. Northern Illinois (9-4, Mid-American Conference), Dec. 17. 6 p.m. Eastern.

LOCATION: Orlando, Florida.

 

TOP PLAYERS

Coastal Carolina: QB Grayson McCall has completed nearly 73% of his attempts for 2,558 yards with 23 touchdowns and only three interceptions.

Northern Illinois: RB Clint Ratkovich ran for just 448 yards, but scored 12 touchdowns rushing and caught two scoring passes.

NOTABLE

Coastal Carolina: The Chanticleers were ranked for 11 consecutive weeks this season and set a Sun Belt Conference record by being ranked for 22 consecutive weeks dating to the 2020 season.

Northern Illinois: The Huskies, the second-youngest team in the Bowl Subdivision, won the MAC championship game over the weekend, 41-23 against Kent State.

LAST TIME

First meeting.

BOWL HISTORY

Coastal Carolina: The Chanticleers made their first bowl appearance at the 2020 Cure Bowl, losing 37-34 to No. 23 Liberty in overtime for their only loss of the season.

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Northern Illinois: The Huskies are 4-9 in 13 prior bowl appearances.

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