(12) Florida State Cruises Past (15) Northern Illinois in Orange Bowl

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(MIAMI) — Seminoles senior fullback Lonnie Pryor rushed for touchdowns of 60 and 37 yards, as 12th ranked Florida State cruised past 15th ranked Northern Illinois (12-2), in the Discover Orange Bowl.

Pryor finished the game with five carries for a 134 yards, and was named the game’s MVP.

“I’m just proud of the team…just what we did. We just came out here and played,” Pryor said when asked about winning the MVP. “I can’t do it without the offensive line…the receivers. Just a great team and it’s just a blessing. I’m just proud…I’m just happy…just shocked and happy.”

The Seminoles (12-2) were able to hold Northern Illinois’ star quarterback Jordan Lynch to under 100 yards rushing for the first time in 12 games. The Huskies quarterback could only gain 43 yards on 23 carries. Despite that, he become the first quarterback in FBS history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,500 yards in the same season.

Florida State senior quarterback EJ Manuel completed 26 of his 38 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for a touchdown and became only the second quarterback in FBS history to win four straight bowl games.

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