MIAMI, Fla. – Michigan’s defense needed to make one more play.
But it was for not.
As FSU quarterback Deondre Francois found Nyqwan Murray for the winning 14 yard score with 1:21 remaining, as No. 11 Florida State would hold on to defeat No. 6 Michigan, 33-32, to win the Capital One Orange Bowl late Friday evening.
Following Murray’s score, FSU (10-3) kicker Ricky Aguayo’s PAT was blocked by Michigan’s Chris Wormley with Josh Metellus returning it for the 2-point score to make it a one point game. However, the Wolverines’ final drive ended with a Wilton Speight interception, sealing the win for the Seminoles.
FSU RB Dalvin Cook wins MVP
Michigan had stretches where they stopped FSU's star RB Dalvin Cook, but his big play ability is ultimately what cost the Wolverines. He gashed U-M’s defense for an opening drive run of 28 yards. Plus, with FSU clinging onto a 20-15 lead in the fourth quarter, Florida State’s all-time leading rusher made a run that will be remembered in the long history of the Orange Bowl.
On third and 22, Cook sprinted left running past Wolverines defenders 71 yards before being pushed out – barely – at U-M’s 16 by a diving Dymonte Thomas. Four plays later Francois would take in for the three yard score, putting FSU up, 27-15.
Cook would finish with 20 carreis for 145 yards and one touchdown in most likely his final college game.
Jake Butt possible MCL/ACL Injury
In one of the more sad moments in Michigan's history, Butt's U-M career ended on a sad note. Butt got tackled after a key first down, though, he stayed down in apparent pain. He would leave the game never to return in the first half. Jim Harbaugh said afterwards Butt may hae suffered a MCL or ACL injury. Just tragic news for the senior with NFL promise.
Peppers out, misses bowl game
A game time decision, Jabrill Peppers missed Friday’s game with a hamstring injury sustained in practice on Thursday. He said afterwards if U-M would have played on Saturday, he could’ve played.
Is this his last game at U-M? He said he still hasn't made his decision.
Defensive lines rule the day
Afterwards Wilton Speight said FSU’s defensive line was the best unit he had faced all season. And, well, their stats back it up, with the ‘Noles finishing with four sacks and 15 tackles for loss in the win. Michigan still held its own, though, with multiple QB pressures, including two sacks on the night.
Evans makes THE big play
Freshman Chris Evans came real close to becoming a legend. His 30 yard TD run gave Michigan its first lead, 30-27, with 2:17 remaining, only to see FSU take it back on the following kickoff.
Still, besides Evans’ run, Michigan struggled on the ground, only totaling 89 yards.
Speight comes close again
U-M’s signal caller finished with 163 yards on 21-of-38 passes. He finished with the one interception to end the game. He made some big time throws for Michigan, but clearly probably wishes had some back, with U-M settling for field goals deep in FSU territory two times in the first half.