"We are sure excited," said Rod Carey, the former Northern Illinois offensive assistant who was promoted to head coach Sunday evening, just before learning the team made the Orange Bowl. "It's been a crazy weekend up here at Northern Illinois."
Busted! Northern Illinois meets FSU in Orange Bowl →
"You've got to play to win," Carey said of the trick plays. "We saw some things. We knew we had it. Gosh darn, our kids executed it."
No. 13 FSU beats No. 16 NIU 31-10 in Orange Bowl →