Florida State outlasts Michigan to prevail in Orange Bowl for the ages

Good luck topping this one, College Football Playoff. One night before the highly anticipated national semifinals, Florida State and Michigan played an Orange Bowl for the ages, with the Seminoles prevailing 33–32 on Deondre Francois’s 12-yard completion to Nyqwan Murray with 36 seconds left.

It was a wild game full of dramatic swings of momentum and it will almost certainly top the lists of the best games of bowl season. Here are three thoughts on the Seminoles’ win.

1. After three and a half quarters of defensive dominance, a shootout suddenly broke out

The majority of Friday’s game was defined by shutdown defense occasionally interrupted by a big strike. That format allowed Florida State to build a 20–6 lead by halftime and a 27–15 lead by early in the fourth quarter. Though far from perfect, the Seminoles made fewer mistakes and capitalized on Michigan’s errors.

The Noles caught the Wolverines in a sluggish start

Article source: http://www.si.com/college-football/2016/12/31/florida-state-seminoles-michigan-wolverines-orange-bowl

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