Duke, Northern Illinois Selected For 2017 Quick Lane Bowl

(DETROIT, MI) – Duke University and Northern Illinois University will play in the 2017 Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field on Tuesday, December 26 at 5:15pm. The game will air nationally on ESPN.

The Quick Lane Bowl is a postseason collegiate football bowl game sponsored by Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers. The annual bowl game takes place at Ford Field and has no affiliation with previous Michigan bowl games, such as the Little Caesars Bowl or Motor City Bowl.

Duke-HelmetThe Duke University Blue Devils enjoyed a successful start to the 2017 campaign with four consecutive victories and all by double digits, over NC Central, Northwestern, Baylor, and chief rival North Carolina, with the 27-17 triumph over the Tar Heels.

Following the productive opening to the campaign, a six-game losing streak ensued. The streak included four defeats by seven points or less, before the Blue Devils secured bowl eligibility with victories over Georgia Tech and Wake Forest in the final two weeks of the regular season. In both contests, they overcame double digit deficits in snatch the win.

In the 43-20 victory over the Yellow Jackets, Duke amassed 319 rushing yards and scored the game’s final 30 points. One week later, the Blue Devils outscored the Demon Deacons by a 28-6 count over the final 33 minutes of the game for a 31-23 triumph.

The Blue Devils are led by head coach David Cutcliffe.

NIU-helmetNIU finished the 2017 season in second-place in the MAC West Division, with a 6-2 league record, and 8-4 overall. The Huskies return to the bowl season after missing a bowl appearance last year, which snapped a MAC record streak of eight consecutive bowl appearances between 2008 and 2015.

Fifth-year head coach Rod Carey and the Huskies defeated Nebraska from the Big Ten earlier this season. Northern Illinois will be making its 12th bowl appearance as a member of the MAC and are 4-7 in bowl games.

Tickets are available online, by phone at 877-212-8898, and in-person at the Ford Field Ticket Office Monday through Friday between 10am and 6pm. Fans can follow the official twitter account of the Quick Lane Bowl for the most current game information.

The Detroit Lions own, host and operate Quick Lane Bowl.

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