Now Arthur and I are moving to the game that nobody saw coming; that game would be the 2013 Orange Bowl which has the Northern Illinois Huskies (me) taking on the Florida State Seminoles (Arthur). Now again this is an exhibition game so there is no season, no injuries, and all the projected starters from the preseason are starting for both squads. So let’s get into the recap.
The first quarter started roughly for the Huskies as Jordan Lynch tossed an interception on second and long. Somehow, someway the Huskies managed to contain the explosive Florida State offense and hold them to a field goal. That being said, the Husky offense would continue to struggle as they went three and out; they also got stopped on a questionable fourth and long play deep in their own territory. Arthur immediately feasted on my poor decision as Chris Thompson ran it into the end zone to put the Seminoles up by ten. The scoring was not done, as the first quarter was winding down a well-timed blitz sacked Lynch in the end zone, putting the score at 12-0 Seminoles.
The second quarter was the Chris Thompson Show as he rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns in the second quarter (what the fucking shit). Also EJ Manuel also got into the scoring action as he tossed a 27-yarder to Christian Green for a TD. As for me and the NIU Huskies, we managed to get into field goal range but missed the kick and gave Thompson enough time to run for 77 yards and his third TD of the quarter. FSU 40-NIU 0
Another painful quarter as the NIU Huskies actually managed a drive after a Seminole field goal. However, that drive died with an interception in the end zone, Lynch’s third interception. Thompson again went off and had an 81-yard Touchdown run. At the end of the third quarter the score was 50-0 Seminole.
Well Arthur decided that he was going to go for the single game rushing record. As a result, Thompson managed to score two more touchdowns on his way to a 473-yard day with seven touchdowns. Fortunately, or not depending on who you are rooting for, I managed to avoid the shutout connection as Lynch connected with Da’Ron Brown on a 70-yard pass play for a touchdown; I also got the two point conversion. The final score was 64-8 Seminoles.
Stats of the Game:
- The Seminoles amazed 478 yards on the ground. Meanwhile the Huskies offensive line sucked and their running game was absolutely shut down, to the tune of -90-yards.
- NIU Quarterback Jordan Lynch went 15-30 (50%) 331-yards with one touchdown and four interceptions.
- Charlie Miller the wide receiver managed 146-yards on five receptions for an average of 29.2-yards per catch; Da’Ron Brown ended up with 120-yards on four reception for 30 YPC.
- Arthur only called five pass plays and Seminoles quarterback EJ Manuel delivered going 3-5 (60%) for 71 yards and one touchdown.
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