But his team’s offense struggled to sustain anything. Lynch passed, ran or punted on 28 of 29 plays for Northern Illinois’ offense in the first half, and the Seminoles were geared to stop him.
He finally got the Huskies going in the third quarter, when they mounted an 87-yard touchdown drive. He threw deep to Akeem Daniels for 55 yards, then hit Martel Moore for an 11-yard score.
That was it for Northern Illinois, though. This was the Seminoles’ night.
‘‘We wanted to leave a legacy and change the culture in what we do here,’’ said Manuel, who became only the second quarterback to go 4-0 in bowl games, joining West Virginia’s Pat White. ‘‘You’re reaping the benefits right now.’’