Northern Illinois started the night as a BCS-buster.
The Huskies went home a BCS bust.
A dismal first half put Northern Illinois in a hole, and two second-half turnovers proved costly as No. 13 Florida State topped the 16th-ranked Huskies 31-10 in the Orange Bowl on Tuesday night - hardly the ending that the Mid-American Conference champions were seeking in their first trip to the Bowl Championship Series.
''They are a well-coached, well-oiled machine,'' said Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey, who was making his debut as the Huskies' sideline boss after taking over when former coach Dave Doeren left last month for North Carolina State. ''And they beat us, no doubt. That doesn't change the fact I don't like to lose.''
The final numbers were far from pretty for the Huskies (12-2), whose 12-game winning streak was snapped after they were outgained 534-259. They converted five of their 18 third-down opportunities and were on the wrong end of a 23-17 disparity in first downs.