Seminoles outlast U-M for Orange Bowl win

Miami Gardens, Fla.–Nyqwan Murray caught two touchdown passes and Florida State outlasted Michigan for a 33-32 victory in the Orange Bowl on Friday.

Murray caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Deondre Francois with 36 seconds left to give the Seminoles a 33-30 lead, but Michigan blocked the extra point and Josh Metellus ran the ball in for two points to cut the lead to one.

The Wolverines (10-3) struggled to move the ball on the ensuing drive and a fourth down desperation throw by Wilton Speight was intercepted.

Trailing 27-15 early in the fourth quarter, the Wolverines responded late and scored two touchdowns in a span of 3:25. Speight found Khalid Hill for an eight-yard score with 5:22 left to make it 27-22. Then with 1:57 left, Chris Evans ran down the right sideline for a 30-yard score and the Wolverines added a two-point conversion to make it 30-27.

A three-yard touchdown run by Deondre Francois with 11:38 left in the game gave the Seminoles a 27-15 lead before Michigan’s rally.

The Wolverines cut the lead to 20-15 with 54 seconds left in the third quarter after Mike McCray intercepted Francois for a pick six.

The Wolverines played without star linebacker Jabrill Peppers and lost tight end Jake Butt to injury in the first half.

Speight was 21-of-38 passing for 163 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Florida State led 20-6 at halftime after scores from Dalvin Cook and Murray.

Cook caught fire early and ended Florida State’s first drive with a two-yard touchdown run. The two teams traded field goals before Francois hooked up with Murray for a 92-yard touchdown pass, the longest in Orange Bowl history for a 17-3 lead after one quarter.

Michigan caught an early break when the Seminoles misplayed a punt return that the Wolverines recovered at the 1-yard line. Michigan was held to a field goal on the ensuing drive.

The two teams traded field goals again in the second quarter.

Cook had 145 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries for the Seminoles and Murray’s two touchdown catches totaled 104 yards. Francois was 9-of-27 passing for 222 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Kenny Allen connected on field goals of 19, 28 and 37 yards for the Wolverines.

SUN BOWL

STANFORD 25,

UNC 23

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Bryce Love took over for the absent Christian McCaffrey in the Stanford backfield, running for 119 yards and catching a 49-yard touchdown pass to help the No. 16 Cardinal beat North Carolina 25-23 on Friday in the Sun Bowl.

Stanford (10-3) held on after North Carolina (8-5) pulled within two with 25 seconds left on Mitch Trubisky’s 2-yard pass to Bug Howard, sacking Trubisky on the 2-point conversion try.

McCaffrey skipped the bowl game to focus on his NFL career.

Stanford took a 25-17 lead on Conrad Ukropina’s 27-yard field goal with 3:23 left. North Carolina was forced to punt on its next series, but used two timeouts to get the ball back.