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Orange Bowl, Northern Illinois vs. FSU score update: Seminoles lead Huskies, 24-10 early in 4th quarter

Northern Illinois finally found the end zone in the third quarter to draw within a touchdown of FSU.


The No. 12 Florida State Seminoles lead the No. 15 Northern Illinois Huskies, 24-10, after E.J. Manuel scored from 9 yards out on the first play of the fourth quarter at the Orange Bowl.

Florida State took the kickoff following halftime and marched down to the NIU 2-yard line before having to settle for a field goal. Dustin Hopkins knocked in the chip shot field goal to set a record for career made field goals and give FSU a 17-3 lead.

The Huskies came to life on their first possession of the second half, marching 87 yards to score their first touchdown of the game. Quarterback Jordan Lynch connected with Martel Moore on the passing touchdown.

NIU then recovered an onside kick to add to the momentum of their comeback bid. But Lynch tried to force a pass down field after getting the ball inside the FSU 25-yard line, resulting in an interception. Florida State is closing in on 500 total yards for the game.