MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Florida State running back Lonnie Pryor ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns as Northern Illinois saw its 12-game winning streak snapped, 31-10, by the Seminoles on Tuesday night in the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.
Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel was 26-38 for 291 yards and a touchdown. NIU redshirt junior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Mt. Carmel) finished the contest 15-41 passing for 176 yards and was also NIU’s leading rusher with 44 yards on 23 carries.
“We made some plays,” said Northern Illinois head coach Rod Carey, “but we didn’t make enough of them. That was the hard part. Games like this always come down to running the football and stopping the run, and we could not run the football well enough.”
After a Lynch punt backed the Seminoles up to their own 5-yard line midway through the first quarter, it took FSU just four plays to go 95 yards and open the scoring. Pryor went 60 yards for the touchdown to give the Atlantic Coast Conference champions a 7-0 lead with 5:28 to play in the first quarter. Northern Illinois answered with a 25-yard field goal by junior Mathew Sims (Hannibal, Mo./Hannibal).
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