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FSU escapes Michigan’s second half surge to win the Orange Bowl

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The #11 Florida State Seminoles won the Capital One Orange Bowl. The Seminoles defeated #6 Michigan Wolverines, 33-32, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Florida State snapped its two bowl game losing streak. They are also 2-1 against Michigan all-time in bowl games.

Both teams finished with identical 10-3 seasons. However, Michigan went 1-3 in their final four games.

Deondre Francois (Getty Images)
Deondre Francois (Getty Images)

This is Michigan’s first bowl loss since Dec. 28, 2013 – and the first under second-year head coach Jim Harbaugh. They lost 31-14 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl to the Kansas State Wildcats.

The second half was dominated by the Wolverines, as they made their comeback. They trailed 20-6 at halftime.

Wilton Speight had a 163 passing yards and threw an eight-yard touchdown to Khalid Hill. Chris Evans also scored on a 30-yard rushing touchdown.

Wolverines kicker Kenny Allen also made a 37-yard field goal.

Their defense was without arguably their best player in Jabrill Peppers. He suffered a hamstring injury in practice on Thurs. and was a game-time decision.

Without Peppers, others had to step up. Mike McCray intercepted Florida State quarterback Deondré Francois. McCray then returned it for a 14-yard pick-six.

With 36 seconds left in the game, the Michigan defense came up huge when they blocked Seminoles kicker Ricky Aguayo’s extra point. It was returned for two-points.

Francois had 222 passing yards and nine rushing yards. He accounted for three Seminoles touchdowns. Dalvin Cook – who may have played in his final collegiate football game – had a two-yard rushing touchdown.

Cook – who grew up five minutes away from the stadium – is expected to be one of the top running backs in the 2017 NFL Draft. He’s expected to make his National Football League decision in the coming days.

Agauyo also had two first half field goals.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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