Michigan vs. FSU highlights: Every crucial play from the Orange Bowl's crazy finish

Florida State's thrilling 33-32 Orange Bowl victory over Michigan is going to be hard to top for the rest of the remaining games. Specifically, the final two minutes were heart pounding.

We got to this point -- the famed two-minute mark -- because Michigan made a surprising comeback. The Wolverines were lifeless on offense and down 20-6 in the first half. A volley of points lasting a quarter and a half put Michigan behind 27-15 with roughly eight minutes left in the game.

That's when Jim Harbaugh's team got a break. Michigan began its drive at the Florida State 37-yard line thanks to a short punt by FSU's Logan Tyler and a personal foul penalty on the Seminoles. The Wolverines had been handed decent field position most of the night but were unable to do much with it. That changed on a seven-play touchdown drive that pulled Michigan to within five points. Another touchdown with a two-point conversion on Michigan's ensuing offensive possession gave the Wolverines their first lead of the night, 30-27.

Then, things went bonkers.

Florida State freshman wide receiver Keith Gavin took the kickoff out of the end zone despite protesting from teammate Kermit Whitfield, who told Gavin to kneel down for a touchback. Hesitant, Gavin took the ball out and somehow made it all the way to the Michigan 33-yard line. Given the range of kicker Ricky Aguayo, the Seminoles were already on the cusp of field goal range.

With 1:35 left, FSU quarterback Deondre Francois hit running back Dalvin Cook for a 21-yard gain down to the Michigan 13-yard line. Because Michigan had all three of its timeouts, it's possible coach Jim Harbaugh could have used them to preserve as much time as possible for a final score of his own.

Instead, Harbaugh let the clock wind down and Florida State scored three plays later on a third-and-9 when Francois connected with Nyqwan Murray from 12 yards out.

However, Aguayo's extra-point attempt was blocked and Michigan returned it all the way for two points to put the Wolverines down 33-32.

Suddenly, Harbaugh's refusal to use his timeouts in what could only be described as a play for overtime looked smart. Michigan had 36 seconds and its full arsenal of timeouts to go roughly 40-45 yards. But after three unsuccessful plays, Michigan faced a fourth-and-10. Quarterback Wilton Speight's pass was intercepted to end the game, but a closer look on replay showed the Seminoles might have been offsides before the snap.

It was a bang-bang play on the snap and the officials didn't make the call. Michigan was unable to stop the clock enough and Florida State came away with its 10th win on the season.

CBS Sports Writer

Ben Kercheval joined CBS Sports in 2016 and has been covering college football since 2010. Before CBS, Ben worked at Bleacher Report, UPROXX Sports and NBC Sports. As a long-suffering North Texas graduate,... Full Bio

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