Florida State Wins BCS Orange Bowl

 Final Score: Florida State 31, Northern Illinois 10

It was supposed to be a match of prove thy self.

NIU Huskies prove conference affiliation notwithstanding (MAC in case you were wondering just what conference they belong to) you belong in a BCS Bowl game.

FSU Seminoles prove that despite shameful moments (like needing a TD with 00:40s left on the clock against the worst Virginia Tech team in two decades or being held scoreless in the second half of the ACC championship) you’re once again a relevant, national contender, even if you needed a TD

The Orange Bowl wasn’t the most impressive showdown come game day but the Seminoles managed a 31-10 victory over the Huskies. The win, despite the inconsistent playing we’ve come to expect, was the next best thing (the national championship would have been ideal) for the Seminoles who gave FSU it’s first 12-game winning season in twelve years and the ACC conference it’s first winning BCS bowl season since 2005.

4-Quarter Game Recap

First Quarter: You could give credit to the FSU’s defense or blame it on failing to come up with the big play in the end, but either way this game started slow and it would end slow. Lonnie Pyror rushed for 60yd for a Seminole TD in the last five minutes of the quarter while Matthew Sims put the Huskies on the scoreboard with a 25yd field goal to end the quarter 7-3 in favor of FSU.

Second Quarter: FSU Linebackers shutdown NIU standout QB Jordan Lynch and held the Huskies scoreless in the quarter. The Seminoles scored another touchdown the last 00:11 seconds heading into halftime with a 17-3 lead.

Third Quarter: 3rd quarter got a little interesting when the Huskies cut the lead to 17-10. But after recovering an onside kick, Lynch took a failed risk resulting in an interception by the Seminoles.

Fourth Quarter: The final quarter of the game belonged to FSU as they mounted two TDs to end the game 31-10. Lonnie Pryor ran the last 37-yard TD after NIU’s fumble.

While the offense on neither side could quite get going, FSU defense was solid enough, as it’s been all season, and FSU managed to cinch a victory in it’s on again, off again style. But for a team that’s only won 12 games twice in it’s history, a win is a win, especially when it’s the Orange Bowl title.

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 11:52 pm

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Chicago grown, Kristen was raised on legendary sports teams like the Superbowl Shuffle '85 Bears and the 6x-Champion Bulls Dynasty. She earned her B.A. in Sports Management and Communications with minors in Health and Sociology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. At U of M she spent 3yrs in marketing and promotions for Michigan Athletics (Go Blue!) In the School of Kinesiology she was a contributing editor for Movement Mazagine and spent a summer abroad in China studying Olympic management and sports rehabilitation. Currently Kristen is a market researcher applying her skills of understanding fans' hearts and minds to global consumer brands. Additionally she's pursuing her Masters of Arts in Communications and Leadership with a concentration in Intercultural Media. To Kristen the game boils down to two things - heart and fundamentals. She's excited about helping women discover their love for the game and find their inner sports diva! Follow her on twitter @missartscritic.
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