No. 13 FSU beats No. 16 NIU 31-10 in Orange Bowl

No. 13 FSU beats No. 16 NIU 31-10 in Orange Bowl
January 2, 2013, 12:37 am
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Northern Illinois cornerback Demetrius Stone (19) and defensive back Jimmie Ward (15) can't hold onto Florida State fullback Lonnie Pryor (24) on his way to a touchdown during the second half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game, Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)


MIAMI (AP) Florida State stuffed Northern Illinois all-purpose threat Jordan Lynch for most of the night Tuesday and won the Orange Bowl 31-10.

Senior fullback Lonnie Pryor, voted the game's outstanding player, ran for a career-high 134 yards and two scores in only five carries for Florida State. Senior EJ Manuel threw for 291 yards.

The victory was a consolation prize for the No. 13 Seminoles (12-2), who began the season with national championship hopes. They've won five consecutive bowl games, but the victory was their first in a BCS bowl since 2000, when they beat Virginia Tech for the national championship.

For the No. 16 Huskies (12-2), playing in a BCS bowl for the first time, the defeat snapped a 12-game winning streak. They fell to 5-28 against top 25 teams.