Friday, January 4, 2013

2013 Discover Orange Bowl FSU vs. NIU

I had the opportunity to shoot the Orange Bowl this year... Florida State vs. Northern Illinois.


Tons of fun!  Everyone was whining about the matchup (OK, so was I a little), but it sure didn't dampen the atmosphere in the least.  If anything, the NIU fans were more rowdy than average.  They probably warmed up enough to yell.


Pre-game was enjoyable.  There was the big flag...


And a drop-in by the Air Force Academy Parachute team (love these guys)...


Hey Derek Travis... I hope you google your pic here...


E.J. Manuel gave me the stare down.  Thanks for the good pic E.J.  Glad you had a good game, and good luck.


And, of course, they did play some football too.  Here's Benjamin concentrating hard on a catch... I won't mention the outcome of this play out of respect for him.


NIU had a tough little quarterback in Lynch, and they played a hard first half... kept the game close for two quarters.


E.J. had a pretty good game, when receivers held on to the ball.


The half-time show was Jake Owen.  I must confess that I'm an old fart and I've never even heard of Jake Owen.  I would have been happier with Train like they had last year, but oh well... Anyway, the two thousand teenagers that took the field for half-time were totally enamored with Jake, so I guess that's what counts.




I always enjoy watching Bryan Stork when they get down in the red zone.  He's a really intense individual on the field.  Should do well at the next level.


Not surprisingly, FSU pulled away in the second half.   Wasn't much of a contest after that.  E.J. ran for touchdown...


Lonnie Pryor added another...


In the end, it was all FSU.


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