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.
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.