Monday, January 2, 2017

Bilo's Quick Orange Bowl Recap

Florida State 33, Michigan 32

A furious 4th quarter by both sides ended in the Seminoles barely holding on to a win after leading 20-6 at one point. With the win, Florida State finished with double digit wins for the 5th straight season, and won their 5th straight game of the year. Michigan's loss kept them from their first 11 win season since 2011.
Dalvin Cook was a star for the Seminoles, having rushed for 145 yards and a score, while he also hauled in 3 passes for 62 yards. It was his 9th 100 yard rushing effort of the season, and was his 10th straight game with at least one score in a game.
Florida State is now 2-1 all-time against Michigan with the win. DeAndre Francois survived a horrible 9/27 passing effort by working it to a tune of 222 yards (92 on one scoring strike), and a pair of TDs with 1 INT. Cook was also the only Seminole back to rush for double digit yardage. Nyqwan Murray caught both TD passes on the day for FSU.
Michigan never got their run game off the ground, rushing for just 89 yards on 36 carries on the day. De'Veon Smith was held to just 36 yards on 16 carries. Wilton Speight, who had been injured late this season, had a mixed day, completing 21/38 passes for 163 yards and a score, with one INT.
Punter Kenny Allen was a busy guy for Michigan, as he was forced to punt 8 times in the game, but averaged a booming 47.4 yard average on the game.
Florida State finished 4-2 against top 25 teams this season, while Michigan fell to 1-2.
FSU is now 5-5 all-time in the Orange Bowl, while Michigan, again, is now 1-2.
Florida State had 255 yards of offense in the 1st half, Michigan's poorest performance of the year defensively.
Nyqwan Murray's 92 yard TD pass from DeAndre Francois was the longest in Orange Bowl history.
Amara Darboh was held under 42 yards for the 3rd straight game after finishing with more than 42 the previous 9 games.

2017 Openers: Michigan vs. Florida @Arlington, TX (9/2); Florida State vs. Alabama @ Atlanta (9/2)

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