No. 6 Michigan will face No. 11 Florida State in the 2016 Orange Bowl on Friday. Check here all night for the score, live updates, stats, analysis and more from Land of 10’s Rachel Lenzi and Sean Keeler, who are at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
The Wolverines (10-2) lost to Ohio State in The Game on Nov. 26, which eliminated them from College Football Playoff contention. Florida State (9-3) surged down the stretch to win its last five games after losing to Louisville and North Carolina early.
With about eight minutes left in the first, Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois leaves the game after a walloping hit by Michigan DE Taco Charlton. Sean Maguire is now at quarterback for Florida State.
Florida State takes a 10-3 lead on Michigan on Roberto Aguayo’s 42-yard field goal with 7:31 left.
Deondre Francois is back at QB with less than six minutes left. And with 2:49 left in the first, Francois finds Nyqwan Murray for a 92-yard touchdown pass – Murray completely beat Jourdan Lewis for the TD catch. 17-3 Florida State.
Michigan is at the FSU 7 with about 10:48 left in the half, but the drive has been costly. Jake Butt went down on a first-down catch and was on the field, writhing in pain. Butt, however, walked off the field and to the locker room on his own power.
Michigan got to the FSU 6 on that drive, but had to settle for its second field goal. Kenny Allen kicks a 28-yard field goal with 9:36 left in the half – Florida State 17, Michigan 6. Worth noting: Michigan has only reached the red zone twice so far, and both drives ended with field goals.
Aguayo kicks another field goal with 4:49 left in the half to give Florida State a 20-6 lead against Michigan at halftime.
Fun stat: Michigan led the Big Ten in fewest pass plays of 25 yards or more given up per game — 1.42. With three minutes left in the first quarter, they’d already given up two, including a 92-yard touchdown strike from Deondre Francois to Nyqwan Murray that could end up being the straw that breaks the Wolverines’ backs.
Explosion plays and turnovers are killers in these games, and it’s surprising the degree to which the Seminoles have been piling up the former, averaging almost nine yards per play in the first two quarters while Michigan is averaging just 2.44. You might be able to pin some of that on Peppers’ absence, but not all.
The Noles are winning in the trenches, big-time, on both sides of the ball. If Don Brown isn’t embarrassed, we’ll wager he’s fairly unhappy, at the least.
With Jake Butt done for the game, per Michigan radio, the Wolverines have reached the FSU 10 with the combination of Wilton Speight and tight end Ian Bunting. On third-and-10, Florida State sacked Speight, and Allen kicked his third field goal (37 yards) with 7:34 left. Florida State 20, Michigan 9.
With about six minutes left in the third, Michigan was in search of some kind of momentum to cut Florida State’s lead to single digits. The Wolverines, however, couldn’t get past midfield.
But with 54 seconds left in the third, linebacker Mike McCray intercepts Francois for a 14-yard touchdown return, cutting the Seminoles’ lead to 20-15 after Speight’s two-point conversion pass attempt was broken up.
Mo Hurst opens the fourth quarter with a resounding sack of Francois, but on the next play, Dalvin Cook strikes again. Cook runs for 71 yards to put the Seminoles at the Michigan 16. Four plays later, Francois’ 3-yard touchdown run helps Florida State take a 27-15 lead.
Three plays after Speight’s pass to Amara Darboh is ruled incomplete in the end zone (receiver didn’t have control of the ball), Khalid Hill’s 8-yard touchdown pass cuts Florida State’s lead to 27-22, with 5:22 left.
2016 Orange Bowl live blog: Michigan-Florida State score, updates
Pregame: Michigan star Jabrill Peppers appears to be dealing with a leg injury during warmups. He came onto the field later than the rest of the defense.
Michigan's star Jabrill Peppers is favoring his left leg while warming up. Either his thigh or hamstring. #OrangeBowl?
— NoleGameday (@NoleGameday) December 31, 2016
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Dalvin Cook’s 2-yard touchdown run helps give Florida State a 7-0 lead against Michigan 2:13 into the first quarter. Florida State reached the 2 on a pass interference call against Michigan.
Florida State muffs a punt and Dymonte Thomas recovers at the FSU 1. However, Michigan is unable to muster much in the way of offense, and Kenny Allen kicks a 19-yard field goal on 4th and 1 from the 1 (9:11). Florida State 7, Michigan 3.
With about eight minutes left in the first quarter, Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton wallops Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois. Francois left the game, and Sean Maguire is now at quarterback for FSU.
Florida State’s Roberto Aguayo kicked a 42-yard field goal with 7:31 left to give FSU a 10-3 lead.
Francois returned to the game with about six minutes left in the first.
Michigan vs. Florida State Orange Bowl game time, details
Time: 8 p.m. ET kickoff
Date: Friday, Dec. 30
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.
Weather: 63 degrees at kickoff
The line: Michigan is favored by seven points.
What TV channel is Michigan-Florida State in the 2016 Orange Bowl on?
The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
How can I watch Michigan-Florida State in the Orange Bowl online?
WatchESPN will stream the game.
How can I listen to Michigan-Florida State on the radio?
You can list to the game on Sirius/XM channel 80. You can also listen to it on WWJ-AM in Detroit. For a full list of Michigan radio affiliates click here.
Who is calling the game for ESPN?
Steve Levy will provide play-by-play for ESPN, with color analyst Brian Griese and sideline reporter Todd McShay.
Michigan vs. Florida State keys to the game in the 2016 Orange Bowl
Protect QB Wilton Speight
Speight has been practicing this week in South Florida, and said earlier this month that he fully intends to play in Friday’s bowl game. It has been a little less than seven weeks since Speight injured his left (non-throwing) shoulder in the fourth quarter of Michigan’s 14-13 loss Nov. 12 at Iowa. Michigan faces one of the country’s more tenacious pass defenses in Florida State, which leads the ACC and is tied for first in the nation with 47 sacks, including 15 by All-America defensive end DeMarcus Walker.
Contain RB Dalvin Cook
Cook is Florida State’s top rusher, with 1,620 yards, and the No. 8 rusher in the nation. Michigan has contained some of the Big Ten’s top running backs, and Cook has to face the Big Ten’s No. 2 rushing defense and the nation’s No. 2 defense (252.7 yards). However, Michigan’s front seven, particularly its linebackers, got thrashed in the last three games, giving up 434 rushing yards (144.7 yards per game).
Minimize penalties and turnovers
Michigan got called for 17 infractions for 147 yards in its final three regular-season games. Seven of those came against at Ohio State, including a pass-interference call against safety Delano Hill late in the fourth quarter that helped set up the Buckeyes’ game-tying drive. Michigan also gave up five turnovers (three interceptions and two fumbles) in its final three games.