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Northern Illinois is struggling to get anything going on offense against the Florida State defense.
No. 12 Florida State scored a late touchdown in the second quarter to take a 14-3 lead at the half over No. 15 Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl.
Florida State continues to dominate the game with its defense but has struggled to take advantage on the scoreboard. The Seminoles finally broke through with 11 seconds remaining in the half when quarterback E.J. Manuel found receiver Rashad Greene in the corner of the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown reception.
The Seminoles have a big statistical advantage with 328 total yards compared with 109 yards for the Huskies. FSU has bottled up NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch, holding the Huskies' leading rusher to 24 yards on 12 carries. NIU also has five 3-and-out possessions with just five first downs.
Manuel is off to strong start throwing the ball for FSU, completing 21 of 28 passes for 242 yards so far.
Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins attempted to break the NCAA FBS career record for made field goals early in the second quarter, but his 50-yard attempt hit off the right upright to deny the senior the record.