Florida State vs. Michigan score, highlights: Noles squeak by in thrilling Orange Bowl
FSU took an early lead on Michigan, lost it and somehow got it back in an insane bowl game
Did the New Year's Six bowl games get off to an exciting start or what?!
Florida State and Michigan scored a combined 30 points in the final quarter of the Orange Bowl on Friday, which included a blocked extra point by Michigan returned for two points, in a thrilling 33-32 win for the Seminoles.
An ugly game for the first three quarters, both defenses dominated, especially up front. Florida State's defensive line, anchored by edge rusher DeMarcus Walker, was able to keep Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight running for his life. Speight averaged just 4.3 yards per passing attempt and the Wolverines were a mere 7 of 20 on third down attempts. The Seminoles also did a good job controlling Michigan on the ground with just 2.5 yards per rush allowed. In all, Michigan averaged just 3.4 yards per play.
However, Michigan did its job defensively, too. Taco Charlton delivered hit after hit on FSU signal caller Deondre Francois, who was clearly rattled by the pressure. Francois, normally accurate, was off target all night, even on easier throws.
But in the end, Florida State's big plays were the difference. One came late in the first quarter on a 92-yard touchdown pass from Francois to Nyqwan Murray aided by a busted coverage.
But the player who did the most damage was stud running back Dalvin Cook, who totaled 207 yards on 23 touches with a rushing touchdown. Cook, arguably the greatest running back to ever come through the Florida State program, had the play of the game in the fourth quarter when, on a third-and-22, his 71-yard run set up a Francois touchdown run.
That was just the beginning of the insanity. Michigan had failed to capitalize on good field position most of the night but had a seven-play, 37-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. That was followed by another touchdown drive. However, on the ensuing kickoff, the Wolverines allowed Keith Gavin to return the ball 66 yards to the Michigan 34. That set up another Murray touchdown, though Michigan blocked the extra point attempt and returned it for a two-point conversion.
Michigan was not able to get down the field to attempt a game-winning field goal on its next possession with Speight getting picked off on his team's final play.
With the victory, the Seminoles finish the season 10-3 and winners of their last five. Michigan also finished 10-3, but lost three of its last four.
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