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            === FSU holds down Lynch, pulls away in Orange Bowl ===
 
 Miami,  FL (Sports Network)  - Lonnie Pryor rushed for 134 yards and a pair of
 long  touchdowns as  No. 13 Florida State captured the 79th annual Orange Bowl
 with a 31-10 victory over 16th-ranked Northern Illinois.
 
 EJ Manuel completed 26-of-38 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown while adding
 26  yards and  a  score on  six  rushes  for the  Seminoles  (12-2), who  were
 appearing in their 31st straight bowl game. It is the longest active streak in
 the  country  and second longest in  NCAA history only to Nebraska's streak of
 35 consecutive bowl appearances.
 
 "We  won a BCS title game. It doesn't get they better than that," Manuel said.
 "The  biggest thing, we  wanted to leave a legacy. A lot of the guys that came
 in  the '08  and '09 class, we wanted  to leave a legacy here at Florida State
 and change the culture of what we do here. It wasn't an overnight process, but
 you're  reaping  the benefits right now,  and that's why we're here and that's
 why we won this game."
 
 Rashad Greene had five receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown in the victory.
 
 Jordan  Lynch threw  for 176 yards with  a touchdown and an interception as he
 struggled to complete just 15-of-41 passes for Northern Illinois (12-2), which
 was the first member of the Mid-American Conference to earn a BCS bowl bid.
 
 Lynch also carried the ball 23 times for 44 yards.
 
 "They  were fast, physical and well coached. Definitely the best defense we've
 played all year," said Lynch. "They were always in the right spot at the right
 time  it  seemed like, and  they played like they  just were hungry out there.
 They got after it, and all the respect goes to them."
 
 The  Huskies were being coached in the game by offensive coordinator Rod Carey
 as former coach Dave Doeren had moved on to take over the head coaching job at
 NC State.
 
 Florida  State entered  the second half holding a 14-3 lead and pulled further
 away  with a 25-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins on the opening possession of
 the  third quarter.  But the Huskies quickly  marched 87 yards in six plays on
 the ensuing drive to get back within 17-10 on Martel Moore's 11-yard touchdown
 grab.   Akeem  Daniels'   55-yard  reception  deep  down  the  right  sideline
 highlighted the drive.
 
 Northern  Illinois  then recovered a  surprise onsides kick  at its own 47 and
 the  Huskies converted a pair of third downs before Terrence Brooks stepped in
 front  of  a Lynch  pass on a  3rd-and-8 at  the Florida State  23 to deny the
 Huskies at least a field-goal attempt.
 
 "I  should have realized that it probably wasn't the smartest thing to force a
 ball  there,  just take the three  points and we  still would have been in the
 game," Lynch said.
 
 The  Seminoles  could not  capitalize on  the turnover, but  they were able to
 regain  their two-possession  lead on their next touch with an 8-play, 61-yard
 trek that stretched into the fourth quarter.
 
 A  personal foul on  Northern Illinois during a 3-yard run by James Wilder Jr.
 moved  the ball  across midfield and Manuel later converted a 3rd-and-7 with a
 13-yard  run  before the quarterback rushed  into the end zone from nine yards
 out  on  the first play  of the  fourth quarter to  give Florida State a 24-10
 advantage.
 
 A  pass  interference penalty  on an incomplete  third-down pass kept Northern
 Illinois'  ensuing  drive alive and  Lynch later  converted a 4th-and-1 at the
 Florida  State 40-yard line with a 1-yard push up the middle, but Da'Ron Brown
 fumbled  after taking  a big hit on  an end around and the Seminoles recovered
 the ball at the Huskies' 42.
 
 Two  plays later,  Pryor raced into the end  zone from 37 yards out to put the
 game out of reach.
 
 Northern Illinois failed to convert fourth downs in Florida State territory in
 its final two possessions of the game to deny any type of comeback.
 
 Florida  State  started its first drive  of the game  at its own 17 and Wilder
 converted  a 4th-and-1 at the Seminoles 41 with a 2-yard rush. But three plays
 later, Nick O'Leary had the ball knocked out of his hands after making a short
 catch and the Huskies recovered the loose ball at their own 34.
 
 Northern  Illinois  could not record a  first down, however, and Lynch's pooch
 punt after the Huskies lined up as if they were going to try to convert a 4th-
 and-1 was downed at the Florida State 5-yard line.
 
 But  the Seminoles  drove the length of  the field in just four plays as Pryor
 followed  Greg Dent's  20-yard reception with a 60-yard touchdown run down the
 left sideline with 5:28 left in the first quarter.
 
 A  35-yard  rush by  Desroy Maxwell  on a fake  punt during Northern Illinois'
 ensuing  drive  accounted for the  Huskies' first first  down of the game, and
 Tommylee  Lewis' 25-yard  gain on a swing  pass set up a 25-yard field goal by
 Mathew Sims, making it a 7-3 game.
 
 Florida  State  tried to counter  with a 50-yard field  goal by Hopkins on the
 Seminoles'  first  touch of the  second quarter, but  the kick bounced off the
 right  upright  to keep  it  a  four-point game  with  just  under 12  minutes
 remaining in the half.
 
 The  Seminoles were able  to add to their lead just before the break as Manuel
 found  Devonte Freeman  for a  28-yard strike  and Kenny  Shaw for  a pair  of
 double-digit  gains  before Greene  capped the 10-play,  82-yard march by just
 getting a foot down in the right corner of the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown
 grab with 11 seconds left in the second quarter.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 It was the first-ever meeting between the teams ... Florida State has won five
 straight  bowl games  and improved to 26-14-2 all-time in bowls. The Seminoles
 also  improved to 4-5  at the Orange Bowl ... Northern Illinois fell to 4-4 in
 bowl  games ...  The Seminoles  outgained Northern  Illinois, 534-259  ... The
 Seminoles  went  3-for-14 on third  downs, while the Huskies converted 5-of-18
 third-down opportunities.
 
 
 01/02 03:06:54 ET