Seminoles score late to nip Wolverines
NO. 10 FLORIDA STATE 33, NO. 6 MICHIGAN 32
miami gardens, fla.» Deondre Francois threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Nyquan Murray with 36 seconds remaining, and No. 10 Florida State beat No. 6 Michigan 33-32 in a wild Orange Bowl on Friday night.
Francois threw for two scores — both to Murray — and ran for another for the Seminoles (10-3). They got 145 yards rushing from Dalvin Cook and recovered after wasting a 12-point lead midway through the fourth.
Chris Evans had a 30-yard touchdown run and Khalid Hill an 8-yard scoring catch in the final minutes for Michigan (10-3), which also got a defensive conversion when Josh Metellus ran a blocked extra point back after the second FrancoisMurray TD.
But Michigan turned the ball over on its final possession, and the Seminoles held on to win a game where the teams combined for 23 points and two lead changes in the final 5:22.
Evans’ scoring run put the Wolverines up 30-27, but Florida State’s Keith Gavin swung momentum back to the Seminoles with a 66-yard kickoff return right up the middle — setting up the drive where his team would take the lead for good.
Michigan played without injured star linebacker Jabrill Peppers, and lost tight end Jake Butt to what appeared to be a knee injury early in the second quarter.
Wilton Speight was 21 for 38 passing for 163 yards for Michigan, which got a 14yard interception return from Mike McCray for a touchdown. Francois completed his freshman season with a 9-for-27 night, but threw for 222 yards — including a 92-yarder to Murray early in the game when the Seminoles were rolling out to leads of 17-3 and 20-6.
Florida State was in total control, but the game turned midway through the fourth when Trey Marshall was ejected for targeting on a punt return — giving Michigan a short field on which to start its comeback.
In addition to not having Peppers, the Wolverines lost standout TE Jake Butt early in the second quarter after he appeared to hurt his right knee while being tackled near the end zone. Butt finished with three catches for 28 yards. Michigan managed only 3.4 yards per play, and had players tackled for losses 15 times.
Stanford safety Dallas Lloyd, center, celebrates his pick-six with teammates Kevin Palma, right, and Joey Alfieri in the Sun Bowl on Friday. Mark Lambie, The Associated Press
Deondre Francois celebrates his 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of Florida State’s 33-32 win over Michigan. Chris Trotman, Getty Images