MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Michigan didn’t have enough to pull out a win against Florida State and its firepower in the Orange Bowl on Friday night, losing 33-32 in a wild game that looked like a Seminoles blowout after a one-sided first quarter.
After the heartbreaking 1-point loss, here is what Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh had to say to the media:
On Michigan’s injuries, including LB Jabrill Peppers and TE Jake Butt
“Jabrill had his hamstring on him grabbed yesterday, it was jumping for a ball. It was very unfortunate he wasn’t able to run. He couldn’t get to where he could run and be effective out there, so we couldn’t play him.
“He tried to warm it up in pregame and give it a good effort, but he wasn’t able to.
“Jake … not sure yet. MCL or ACL.”
On Michigan’s first-half offense
“The offense in the first half, it was tough sledding. (QB) Wilton (Speight) was able to make some plays out of the pocket, really coming up with some first-down throws, extending the play. That was very creative. It kept us moving.
“Our team did everything we asked of them today, starting coming out of the half. The second half, put together a drive, chipped away at the lead by 3 and asked them to get a turnover. I thought that would change the momentum and it did. We needed the touchdown drives and we got them.
“But give credit to Florida State, as well.”
On Michigan’s seniors
“I love these guys. A great group of competitors, a great group of guys that find a way. Not just that they want to win, they must win. I love them for it.”
On Florida State RB Dalvin Cook
“He’s a great player. I thought that coming into the game and (he played) as advertised. He’s a great back and the same thing as (what) Chris (Wormley said in an earlier quote about Cook). They got some big plays on us and we got a lot of stops, too. Four three-and-outs in the second half. Our defense, the entire second half, four three-and-outs and one big play by Dalvin Cook. It was a heck of an effort on his part and our part, from where I was standing.”
On the nonproductive run game
“Like our run game sometimes does, you get stopped and you keep pounding away at it. Then you make the 4-yard gains, the 6-yard gains and the 10-yard gains, and then we popped one with Chris Evans. The way I feel about it, it was a heck of a game. It was a real credit to the game of football.”