Michigan’s defense has been its best offense all season. The Wolverines took that to the extreme on Friday against Florida State in the Orange Bowl.
With Michigan having failed to find the end zone in nearly three full quarters, LB Mike McCray picked off Seminoles QB Deondre Francois in the final minute of the third and returned it 14 yards for a score. That got the Wolverines to within 20-15, but Michigan failed on the 2-point conversion attempt to leave the Seminoles up 5. Florida State then answered with a touchdown set up by a 71-yard run by Dalvin Cook to make the game 27-15.
Entering the fourth quarter, Michigan had only 145 yards on offense, averaging 2.7 per play. Kenny Allen had kicked three field goals.
FSU quarterback Deondre Francois steps in for Michigan and throws a touchdown pass to Mike McCray pic.twitter.com/NIRtaooBlg
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Francois rolled out and made an ill-advised throw that McCray was all over. McCray had 72 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 1 interception in the regular season.