BOCA RATON, Fla. — The inaugural Boca Raton Bowl was set to be a great game against conference champions. Conference USA champions Marshall entered the game with a 12-1 record. Their only loss came at the hands of Western Kentucky in an OT thriller of 67-66. Northern Illinois, the Mid-American Conference champions, had two losses in the season but bounced back and won their last 7 games. The Huskies started the scoring in the first quarter when QB Drew Hare connected with Juwan Brescacin for 19 yards to cap a 67 yard drive. The next play proved to be costly as Deandre Reaves sprinted 93 Yards on the kickoff to tie the score 7-7. On the next drive, Neville Hewitt and Jermaine Holmes sacked Drew Hare on a third down to force the punt. Rakeem Cato connected with one of his favorite targets, Tommy Shuler, for 14 yards twice. Tommy Shuler needed 4 catches to secure the all time record and that is what he did. He ends his career as the record holder of Single game receptions (19), Season receptions (110) , Career receptions (322) and Career receptions Conference USA record (322) . Rakeem Cato rushed for 5 yards to take the 14-7 lead. In the second quarter, Marshall added 10 more points to Northern Illinois’ 6 points. The Huskies were not able to capitalize on being in the red zone and went in to the half down 24-13.