MIAMI (AP) Anxious to stop a great Orange Bowl shocker, this Florida State Seminoles kept obtaining tricked.
An onside quit misled them, seeing that did a phony punt, including a pooch punt by means of Northern Illinois ' star quarterback.
But the next history seemed to be not any surprise. Florida State have an excessive amount swiftness as well as depth for that Huskies as well as ripped away for your 31-10 victory Tuesday night.
Senior fullback Lonnie Pryor , voted the actual game's unpaid player, played for a career-high 134 back yards plus two standing inside solely five carries. Senior EJ Manuel threw pertaining to 291 yards, though the particular Seminoles packed Huskies' QB in addition to all-purpose threat Jordan Lynch on most with the night.
''I'm lucky I'm some sort of Nole, in addition to I'm lucky the seniors went out which includes a bang,'' Pryor said. ''I usually needed to possibly be MVP associated with a bowl, and also I explained to average joe this each and every time I have the ball, to use for you to complete a major play.''
The triumph ended up being a new consolation reward for any No. thirteen Seminoles (12-2), who seem to began the growing season together with national tournament hopes. They've claimed five consecutive serving games, but the victory ended up being his or her primary in a very BCS bowl considering 2000, once they beat Virginia Tech for the national title.
After this game, your Seminoles painted T-shirts that read, ''Florida Statement.''
''It's definitely not the particular nationwide championship, nevertheless right below,'' defensive finish Bjoern Werner said. ''Not loads of coaches and teams can easily declare that.''
For 16th-ranked Northern Illinois (12-2), trying to play within a BCS bowl for your first time, the defeat snapped a 12-game earning streak. The Huskies arrived inside seeing that two-touchdown underdogs and droped to be able to 5-28 next to top rated 25 teams.
''We realized make were being going to enjoy all of us tough,'' Florida State train Jimbo Fisher said. ''But our own kids, it is yet another step through which we all taken care of the actual big platform, and I'm incredibly proud of them.''
Pryor obtained this very first touchdown on the career-long 60-yard run, and then ran 37 meters for any clinching touchdown using 10 seconds left. They were each best rushes authorized by Northern Illinois most season.
Manuel went 26 regarding 38, threw for starterst score and went to get another.
''We just simply kept playing,'' this individual said. ''Now we've been gonna like ourselves.''
The Huskies had been extensively derided seeing that not worth on the BCS bowl berth, and don't perform ample that will silence your doubters. They were outgained 534 back yards to 259.
The magic works with the actual kicking adventure helped maintain this Huskies close until finally your fourth quarter, but as soon as the idea emerged to Lynch, not much tricked your Florida State protection ranked second within the particular nation. And the Huskies' final attempt for razzle-dazzle backfired any time phone Da'Ron Brown missing a fumble on an conclusion around at midfield, starting this Seminoles' final touchdown.
''Definitely the best safeguard many of us trialled most of year,'' Lynch said. ''They were being continually from the right spot on the perfect time, it looked like. They were being greedy out there.''
Lynch followed into your sport leading this state around your company along with full offense, and also he or she threw and also ran on virtually any participate in for the Huskies. But your dog done exclusively 15 associated with 41 attempts for 176 yards, and taken twenty three periods regarding 44 yards.
The gofer turned the primary participant in NCAA record in order to surpass 3,000 yards passing and 1,500 your company from a season.
After your Huskies' solitary touchdown cut their debt in order to 17-10 inside third quarter, they will recovered a strong onside kick, and Lynch went them in order to that Florida State 23. But your dog seemed to be flushed on the pocket sized on third affordable along with threw a great ill-advised go away this Terrence Brooks intercepted.
''It possibly wasn't the most legit idea to be able to push the basketball there,'' Lynch said.
The damage seemed to be Rod Carey's debut because the Huskies' coach. He seemed to be marketed to substitute Dave Doeren, whom took the North Carolina State occupation following a frequent season.
''I'm upset,'' Carey said. ''Florida State is a well-oiled machine. They beat us, not any doubt. That won't change the very fact I do not ever lose.''
Doeren observed the video game from that stands.
When Florida State lowered simply no one deeply defending first fourth-and-1 situation, Lynch pooched some sort of 52-yard punt that will rolled deceased for the 5. The poor industry location couldn't faze the Seminoles, that have scored inside several plays, the past when Pryor smashed into the obvious near midfield and outran this Huskies' secondary.
With this Seminoles upwards simply 7-3, Manuel moved them 82 yards inside finalized 3:57 from the initial half pertaining to one more touchdown with eleven mere seconds left. He threw on the road with regard to your 6-yard report that will Rashad Greene, who squeezed one foot or so inbounds prior to this individual tumbled out from the stop zone.
Desroy Maxwell required a shorter snap on a new artificial punt on fourth in addition to three as well as ran thirty five meters to set up a area purpose with the Huskies' initial score.
''You've have to perform that will win,'' Carey mentioned of the magic plays. ''We saw a few things. We believed we experienced it. Gosh darn, your children completed it.''
But his or her team's crime fought to keep anything. Lynch passed, ran or punted about 28 regarding 29 plays intended for Northern Illinois' offense inside first half, along with the Seminoles were tailored to avoid him.
He last but not least got the Huskies opting your third quarter, after they placed an 87-yard touchdown drive. He used heavy for you to Akeem Daniels regarding fifty-five yards, then struck Martel Moore for an 11-yard score.
That was it for Northern Illinois, though. This ended up being this Seminoles' night.
''We wished to leave a legacy plus switch this lifestyle inside what we complete here,'' explained Manuel, which grew to be only the 2nd quarterback to search 4-0 in serving games, subscribing to West Virginia's Pat White. ''You're reaping this positive aspects appropriate now.''