LOGAN -- Utah State will face Northern Illinois University in the ninth annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., it was announced Sunday. The bowl game, which will be televised live on ESPN, will be the second-ever meeting between the two teams."We gladly accept the invitation to represent Utah State University and the Mountain West Conference in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl," said first year Utah State head coach Matt Wells. "The Poinsettia Bowl has a lot of history and prestige and I know our players will be excited to play in southern California. This bowl game is a great reward for our team and its accomplishments this year, especially down the stretch, and solidifies the strength of this program as we will be playing in our third-straight bowl game for the first time in school history."