Jordan Lynch: Northern Illinois QB Fails to Back Up Pregame Comments

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 2, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01:  Jordan Lynch #6 of the Northern Illinois Huskies looks on against the Florida State Seminoles during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Jordan Lynch received a harsh reality check Tuesday night, as Florida State's defense dominated the Northern Illinois quarterback in the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl.

Lynch, who led the nation with 4,733 total yards before Tuesday night, submitted his worst performance of the season at a very unfortunate time.

Less than a week after making some semi-controversial comments about Florida State's defense, Lynch completed just 15-of-41 passes for 176 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also carried the ball 23 times for only 44 yards, almost 100 less than his season average (136.2 per game)

It was a highly disappointing performance for Lynch, who made headlines last Wednesday for comments he made to Steve Greenberg of Sporting News:

'They're fast, they're physical,' Lynch said. 'But they haven't seen anything like our offense...We plan on wearing them down. In the fourth quarter, we plan to have them on their knees—and then just keep pounding away.'

Ironically, it was Lynch on his knees at the end, as he was sacked on his final play of the game.

Lynch was harassed all night by Seminoles linebackers Christian Jones, Telvin Smith and Vince Williams. The trio battered Lynch throughout the game, cutting off his running lanes and hitting him at every opportunity.

Lynch is just a junior, so he will have a chance to redeem himself. Huskies fans will just be hoping that he lets his game do the talking next season.