The Florida State Seminoles delivered a dominant performance Tuesday night, beating Northern Illinois, 31-10, in the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl.
The 12th-ranked Seminoles set the tone early with Lonnie Pryor's 60-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. They didn't look back from there, as they pushed their lead to 17-3 at halftime after a gorgeous touchdown grab by Rashad Greene.
Northern Illinois finally had some success in the second half, but it proved to be short-lived. After cutting the lead to 17-10, the Huskies allowed two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Florida State overpowered NIU throughout the game, using their superior size and athleticism to wear down the Huskies. The Seminoles out-gained Northern Illinois by almost 300 yards (534-259) and forced the Huskies into two turnovers.
It was a disappointing end to the season for NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch, who entered the game with more total yards (4,733) than any player in the nation. Lynch was frustrated by the Seminoles defense all night, as he completed just 15-of-41 passes for 176 yards.
He was also unable to do any damage on the ground, rushing for just 44 yards on 23 carries.
With the win, Florida State ended their 12-year BCS bowl drought. Both teams finished the season with 12-2 records.
Tweets of the Night
Northern Illinois had some issues with tackling, as ESPN Stats & Info pointed out.
Florida St: 136 yds after catch in the 1st half, its most in any half this season. #OrangeBowl— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 2, 2013
They also had an offensive nightmare in the first half. Once again, it's ESPN Stats & Info with the details.
Things got even uglier at halftime, as country singer Jake Owen tortured fans of good music everywhere. His performance prompted Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder to prove that his taste in music is as questionable as his skills.
Good halftime show by @jakeowen— Christian Ponder (@cponder7) January 2, 2013
Luckily, the folks at The Solid Verbal didn't disappoint.
Rivals had Jake Owen as a 2-star halftime show prospect.— The Solid Verbal (@SolidVerbal) January 2, 2013
But the Tweet of the Night goes to JP Kirby and Amanda Rykoff for pointing out Matt Millen's questionable word choice throughout the broadcast.
PHRASING RT @the506: In the past 5 minutes, Matt Millen has said "that's pure man-on-man dominance" and "follow that rear end".— Amanda Rykoff (@amandarykoff) January 2, 2013
Millen also referred to Telvin Smith as a "good-looking rascal" and said, "Nothing gets the offense in the mood like a tough running game." Good stuff, Matt. Good stuff.