American Football Database
American Football Database
2012 Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas State University 13 0 0 7 Expression error: Missing operand for +.
Northern Illinois University 7 14 7 10 Expression error: Missing operand for +.
Date January 8, 2012
Season 2011
Stadium Ladd Peebles Stadium
Location Mobile, Alabama
MVP QB Chandler Harnish, NIU
Favorite Arkansas State by 1[1]
Referee Tom McCreesh (ACC)
Attendance 38,734
Payout US$750,000
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Clay Matvick (Play-by-Play)
Danny Kanell (Analyst)
Cara Capuano (Sidelines)
Nielsen ratings 1.24 Bowl
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The 2012 Bowl was a college football game, the thirteenth of the annual games now known as the Bowl. Part of the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season, and one of the 2011–12 NCAA football bowl games, it took place on January 8, 2012, at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The Northern Illinois Huskies from the Mid-American Conference (MAC) defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves from the Sun Belt Conference, 38–20.[2]

The first quarter saw the Red Wolves build up a 13–0 lead, but then the Huskies scored 31 unanswered points to put the game away in the second half.[3]


Arkansas State

ASU completed its best regular season since 1975 by winning 10 games and extending its overall winning streak to 9 games. The Red Wolves were led by junior quarterback Ryan Aplin (605 rushing yds., 9 TDs, 3,235 passing yards) who was the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and senior defensive lineman Brandon Joiner, the Defensive Player of the Year.

Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois defeated Ohio, 23-20, in the 2011 Marathon MAC Championship game at Ford Field in Detroit, MI, which was led offensively by QB Chandler Harnish (1,382 rushing yds., 11 TDs; 2,942 passing yards, 26 TDs), WR Nathan Palmer (683 receiving yds., 7 TDs); and defensively by LB Pat Schiller (108 tackles), DE Sean Progar (5.5 sacks), and DB Rashaan Melvin (2 INT). [4]


  1. Bowl Schedule, Los Angeles Times, December 7, 2011
  2. Arkansas Online (January 9, 2012). "Northern Illinois Beats Arkansas State 38-20", Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  3. Mitchell, Fred (January 9, 2012). "NIU Beats Arkansas State in Bowl", Chicago Tribune
  4. Mid-American Conference Football, Mid-American Conference, December, 2011