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Northern Illinois hung around, but Florida State pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 31-10 win in the Orange Bowl.
The Florida State Seminoles wrapped up their 2012 season with an Orange Bowl victory as the Seminoles defeated Northern Illinois 31-10 on Tuesday.
Florida State struck first with a 60-yard touchdown run by Lonnie Pryor and while the Seminoles never relinquished the lead, NIU was able to hang around. FSU led 14-3 at halftime and 17-3 before NIU cut the lead to 17-10. The Huskies recovered an onside kick on the subsequent kickoff and appeared to have the momentum.
That ended a few plays later when Terrence Brooks intercepted NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch. The Seminoles extended their lead with a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter then blew the game open with Pryor's second touchdown of the game following another NIU turnover.
The Orange Bowl victory extends FSU's bowl winning streak to five games. The Seminoles are now 3-0 in bowl games under head coach Jimbo Fisher.
Box Score Hero: Pryor carried just five times, but gained 134 yards and scored two touchdowns.
Rankings Ramifications: Closing the season with a blowout victory could give the Seminoles a chance to crack the top 10 in the final rankings of the season.
But Did They Cover? The Seminoles opened as a 14-1/2-point favorite a number they were able to cover with the 21-point victory.
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