Florida State 31
Northern Illinois 10

January 1, 2013 – Sun Life Stadium

‘Noles Run Away from Huskies
After a tightly contested first half, Florida State pulled away for a 31-10 victory over Northern Illinois.

Senior fullback Lonnie Pryor, voted the game's outstanding player, ran for a career-high 134 yards and two scores on only five carries. Senior EJ Manuel threw for 291 yards, while the Seminoles stuffed Huskies' QB and all-purpose threat Jordan Lynch for most of the night.

The win was the Seminoles fifth consecutive bowl victory, but was their first in a BCS bowl since 2000, when they beat Virginia Tech for the national championship.

Pryor scored the first touchdown on a career-long 60-yard run, then ran 37 yards for a clinching touchdown with 10 minutes left in the game. They were the two longest rushes allowed by Northern Illinois all season. Manuel went 26-for-38, threw for one score and ran for another.

Lynch came into the game leading the nation in rushing and total offense, and he threw or ran on nearly every play for the Huskies. But he completed only 15-of-41 attempts for 176 yards, and carried 23 times for 44 yards. The junior became the first player in NCAA history to surpass 3,000 yards passing and 1,500 rushing in a season.

The loss was Rod Carey's debut as the Huskies' coach. He was promoted to replace Dave Doeren following the regular season.

First Downs 23 17
Rushing Attempts 37 32
Rushing Yards 243 83
Passes Attempted 38 41
Passes Completed 26 15
Had Intercepted 0 1
Passing Yards 291 176
Total Offense 534 259
Punts/Avg. 5/36.8 7/42.1
Fumbles/Lost  1/1 1/1
Penalties/Yards 8/96 5/40


Florida State 7 7 3 14 - 31
Northern Illinois 3 0 7 0 - 10

FSU: Pryor 60-yard run (Hopkins kick); NIU: Sims 25-yard field goal; FSU: Greene 6-Yard pass from Manuel (Hopkins kick); FSU: Hopkins 25-yard field goal; NIU: Moore 11-yard pass from Lynch (Sims kick); FSU: Manuel 9-yard run (Hopkins kick); FSU: Pryor 37-yard run (Hopkins Kick) MOP: Lonnie Pryor (Florida State)
Florida State Head Coach: Jimbo Fisher
Northern Illinois Head Coach: Rod Carey



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