Early in the second quarter, NIU’s offense picked up its first first down of the game on a four-yard Jordan Nettles run. Unfortunately for the Huskies, the drive still ended with a punt.
While the NIU offense sputtered, the Huskies defense picked up. After allowing touchdowns on the first two drives of the game, they forced FSU into three-straight drives that ended with a fumble, punt, and fumble. The second fumble gave NIU the ball on FSU’s 29-yard line. And for the first time in the game, the Huskies made FSU pay as Marcus Childers found Jauan Wesley in the left corner of the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown pass.
Florida State ended the first half with field goals on consecutive drives to take a 20-7 lead into halftime. The Seminoles outgained NIU 278-52 in the first half. NIU forcing two turnovers kept them in the game. Nettles led the Huskies in rushing with 13 yards on three carries. Childers went 7-for-15 for 41 yards and a touchdown pass. Wesley had two receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown.
NIU’s offense started the second half with more struggles, punting on its first three possessions. But the Huskies struck proverbial gold as Childers found D.J. Brown streaking down the field for a 66-yard touchdown pass. NIU went for two to get the game to within one possession, but did not get it.
NIU forced its fourth turnover of the game in the fourth quarter when Cortez Hogans intercepted Francois. Four plays later, Childers scampered up the middle of the FSU defense for an 11-yard touchdown run. The missed extra point kept the Seminoles lead at 30-19.
The Seminoles capped off the game with a seven-yard touchdown run from Amir Rasul to make the score 37-19.