Florida State routs Northern Illinois in Orange Bowl

Florida State 31, Northern Illinois 10

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MIAMI— Florida State stuffed Northern Illinois all-purpose threat Jordan Lynch for most of the night Tuesday and won the Orange Bowl 31-10.

Senior fullback Lonnie Pryor, voted the game's outstanding player, ran for a career-high 134 yards and two scores in only five carries for Florida State. Senior EJ Manuel threw for 291 yards.

The victory was a consolation prize for the No. 13 Seminoles (12-2), who began the season with national championship hopes. They've won five consecutive bowl games, but the victory was their first in a BCS bowlsince 2000, when they beat Virginia Tech for the national championship.

For the No. 16 Huskies (12-2), playing in a BCS bowl for the first time, the defeat snapped a 12-game winning streak. They fell to 5-28 against top 25 teams.

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soapy_725 01/02/13 - 09:16 am
Congrats to FSU!!

NIU was 5 and 28 against top teams. The talking heads were correct. They did not belong. These "stacked" fluff schedules make for some interesting bowl games. Bottom line, they can still sell thirty commercial spots in fifteen minutes of game time. Money and marketing. Competition is second or third. Money/commercials, endless human interest stuff and football.

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