It was a close game until the fourth quarter. At one point NIU was down by seven and had the football. The key to the game was FSU's defense. NIU's superstar, Jordan Lynch, was held to a frustrating 15-for-41 passing and a mere 44 yards rushing on 23 carries. That left NIU with a total of 259 yards from scrimmage, in contrast to 534 for FSU.