Semi­noles score late to nip Wolver­ines


The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Tim Reynold

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

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