2013 Discover Orange Bowl: NIU Huskies vs. Florida State Seminoles

The 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational presented by STAT BOX STORIES continues with the Discover Orange Bowl, matching up the #15 Northern Illinois Huskies (12-1, 8-0 MAC) and the #12 Florida State Seminoles (11-2, 7-1 ACC).  Jeremy Bennett of The Gaming Tailgate played as FSU in their attempt to avoid being upset by their MAC opponent in this BCS Bowl Game.

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Seminoles pace themselves to comfortable win over Northern Illinois in Discover Orange Bowl

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Scoring Summary

The 2013 Discover Orange Bowl match-up will be a true David vs. Goliath competition where a strong ACC team in Florida State takes on an upstart Northern Illinois squad who won the MAC Championship this year.  The Seminoles ended their season ranked 12th; while the Huskies finished ranked 15th.  Northern Illinois’ only loss on the year came on the first game of the season, a one point loss to Iowa.  For Florida State, they lost twice on the year, a one point loss to NC State, and an 11 point loss to then #4 Florida.  The Seminoles came into this game winning six out of their last seven.  The match-up might be lopsided on paper, but the key factor to this game would be Northern Illinois’ stud quarterback QB #6.

Florida State was expected to race out of the gates against Northern Illinois, but it didn’t quite happen in the first quarter.  A good drive on the first series of the game lead them down the field with a 2 yard TD run by HB #4.  The Seminoles got the ball back and were on another good drive, but a deep pass was intercepted near the five yard line by the Huskies.  The very first play in Northern Illinois’ drive was completely blown up and Florida State recorded a safety to make the score 9-0.  That would be all the scoring that would happen in the first quarter; however there was an explosive 2nd quarter with a total of 27 points scored — 17 for Florida State and 10 for Northern Illinois.  The highlights in the scoring in the 2nd quarter where a very tricky fake punt pass by Northern Illinois for a 54 yard score.  At that point, they had pulled within nine with a score of 19-10; however, Florida State answered with the second deep bomb of the quarter with a 58 yard TD to WR #81 to make the score 26-10; which was the score at the half.

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The third quarter was all Florida State as 10 points were scored, and Northern Illinois was shutout.  Another long pass by QB #3, this time to WR #84 for 35 yards, along with a field goal, made the score 40-10 after three quarters.  Three touchdowns were scored in the 4th quarter, all by short runs.  Northern Illinois scored twice to Florida State’s one touchdown; however, it wasn’t nearly enough as The Florida State Seminoles dominated the Northern Illinois Huskies 47-24 to win the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl.  NIU’s star QB #6 did throw for 304 yards, and had 27 completions; however was held without a touchdown pass.  The Player of the Game was HB #4 for Florida State with an electric 190 yards and 3 touchdowns on 35 total carries.

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Player of the Game:  Florida State HB #4 who ran for 190 yards with 3 touchdowns, averaging 5.4 yards per carry on 35 attempts.

It was over when…:  Northern Illinois came out flat in the 3rd quarter, and a 26-10 deficit became a 40-10 deficit after three quarters.

Game Ball goes to:  HB #4 for being a workhorse keeping the Florida State offense steady with 35 carries.

Stat of the Game: Florida States’ HB #4 was just 16 yards shy of the Orange Bowl rushing record held by Nebraska’s Ahman Green who ran for 206 back in 1998 against Tennessee; however his three touchdowns ties him with Shaun Alexander (Alabama), Scott Frost (Nebraska), and Johnny Rodgers (Nebraska) for the most rushing touchdowns in Orange Bowl history.

Statistical Tidbits: Florida State out-gained Northern Illinois on the ground, 187 to 78. The Huskies scored 2 rushing touchdowns and the Seminoles scored 3 rushing touchdowns. … NIU passed for 358 yards but only managed one passing touchdown.  Florida State passed for 320 yards on 11 completions, with three passing touchdowns. … Florida State converted 50% of their third down attempts, while NIU went 9-for-17; the Huskies also converted a 4th Down via a fake punt pass for a touchdown. … The Seminoles lost the turnover battle, throwing two interceptions to NIU’s single interception, but it did not have a bearing on the game’s final result. … Florida State went 3-for-3 on red zone attempts, while NIU scored two touchdowns and a field goal on four trips inside the Huskies’ 20-yard-line.

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