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2017 Schedule

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
Sat., Sep.  2  vs. Florida Arlington, TX 2:30 PM CT / ABC
Sat., Sep.  9 vs. Cincinnati Michigan Stadium 12:00 PM CT /ABC / ESPN /ESPN2
Sat., Sep. 16 vs. Air Force Michigan Stadium 12:00 PM CT / BTN
Sat., Sep.23 at Purdue * W. Layfayette, IN 3:30 or 4:00 PM CT /
Sat., Oct. 7  vs. Michigan State * Michigan Stadium TBA
Sat., Oct. 14 at Indiana * Bloomington, IN 12:00 PM CT /
Sat., Oct. 21 at Penn State -  * State College, PA TBA
Sat., Oct. 28 vs. Rutgers - Homecoming * Michigan Stadium 12:00 PM / TBA
Sat., Nov.  4 vs. Minnesota * Michigan Stadium  TBA
Sat., Nov. 11 at Maryland * College Park, MD  TBA
Sat., Nov. 18 at Wisconsin * Madison, WI  TBA
Sat., Nov. 25 vs. Ohio State * Columbus, Ohio  12:00 PM CT / FOX
Sat., Dec.  2 Big Ten Championship Game Indianapolis, Ind.  8:00 PM CT / FOX


Friday, December 30
Michigan Comes Up on Wrong End of Orange Bowl Classic

Site: Miami Gardens, Fla. (Hard Rock Stadium)
Event: Capital One Orange Bowl
Score: #10 Florida State 33, #6 Michigan 32
Records: U-M (10-3), FSU (10-3)
Attendance: 67,432
Next U-M Event: Season Complete

• Kornacki Postgame Feature: Wolverines Ride Emotional Rollercoaster at Orange Bowl


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- In the first meeting between the teams in 25 years, the No. 6-ranked University of Michigan football team and No. 10 Florida State produced an instant classic, with the Seminoles escaping with the win, 33-32, on Friday night (Dec. 30) in the Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium.

Trailing throughout the game, Michigan fought back valiantly in claiming a 30-27 lead with 1:57 left to play. FSU had built a 27-15 lead with less than eight minutes remaining only to see Michigan storm back with a pair of touchdowns. However, a 66-yard kickoff return by FSU set the stage for the eventual game-winning touchdown with just 36 seconds remaining as FSU survived a methodical comeback by the Wolverines.

Michigan's three losses in 2016 came by a combined total of five points.

Trailing by 14 at halftime, Michigan took the ball to open the second half. Converting a fourth-down play, U-M drove to FSU's 10-yard line, before the drive stalled, and Kenny Allen was called upon for his third field goal of the game. Allen's 37-yarder, his 15th consecutive conversion, made it a 20-9 deficit. Ian Bunting was a key target on the drive as he replaced an injured Jake Butt, catching two passes for 30 yards, including the fourth-down conversion.

 After an opening quarter marred by big plays against it, Michigan's defense asserted itself, led by Taco Charlton, who found himself in the backfield time and time again. With 1:12 to play in the third quarter, the pressure broke through. On second down and 10 from its eight-yard line, FSU quarterback Deondre Francois was flushed from the pocket and hurried into a regrettable pass that was picked off by Mike McCray, who dove into the end zone for a defensive touchdown. Unable to convert the two-point try, the score stood at 20-15.

After allowing 201 yards of offense in the first quarter, Michigan limited the explosive FSU offense to 69 yards over the next two quarters.

The big play struck again, however, as Dalvin Cook, on third-and-22 from its 13-yard line, slipped a tackle and rumbled 71 yards to Michigan's 16-yard line. Three plays later, Francois broke into the end zone on a QB keeper to give the Seminoles a 27-15 lead.

With less than eight minutes to play, Michigan took the ball at FSU's 37 after a targeting penalty on a punt. U-M quickly moved inside the red zone and converted a third down to the five-yard line. On third-and-goal, Wilton Speight found Khalid Hill with a precision strike to the end zone, cutting the deficit to five, 27-22, with 5:22 to play.

Michigan forced a three-and-out, getting the ball back at its 39-yard line with 4:14 remaining. On third-and-five, Speight pulled the ball down and rumbled 17 yards for a first down with 2:46 left down to FSU's 39. Two plays later, Chris Evans broke through the line for a 30 yard touchdown and a stunning 28-27 lead. U-M's two-point conversion was good as Speight found Amara Darboh on a quick slant, giving the Wolverines a 30-27 lead with 1:57 to play.

On the ensuing kickoff, FSU's Keith Gavin broke a tackle and ran 66 yards to Michigan's 34-yard line. Francois completed a screen pass to Cook all the way to U-M's 13-yard line with 1:29 remaining. Two plays later, FSU took a timeout with 42 seconds remaining, before a pivotal third down play. The call was perfect as Francois found Nyquan Murray on a fade in the end zone for the touchdown and a 33-30 lead with 36 seconds left. FSU's extra point was blocked by Chris Wormley, and Josh Metellus returned it the length of the field for a defensive conversion, making the score 33-32 in favor of the Seminoles.

Michigan took over possession at its 25-yard line following the kickoff but was unable to get anything going as a fourth-down pass was intercepted near midfield to seal the game.

Francois was consistently pressured by Michigan's defense in the first half, completing just six of 15 throws, but four went for first downs or better, while Cook finished the half averaging 5.0 yards per carry with 70 yards on 14 carries. FSU only completed three passes in the second half, but the story was the same as all three passes went for at least 12 yards, including the game-winner. Francois finished 9-of-27 for 222 yards and two scores. Cook earned game MVP honors, rushing for 145 yards on 20 carries (7.3 ypc) while adding three catches for 62 yards.

Speight impressed at quarterback for U-M, showing mobility throughout the game and orchestrating the go-ahead scoring drive by going through his progressions. He finished 21-of-38 for 163 yards and a touchdown but played much better than those numbers indicate. Evans led the ground game with eight carries for 49 yards, including a 30-yard go-ahead touchdown.

Dymonte Thomas and Charlton led the defense throughout. Thomas had seven total tackles, including five solo efforts, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery. Charlton had five tackles, two for a loss including a sack, while being credited officially with two QB hurries. He finishes his career with 19 sacks, tied for ninth most in U-M history.

With Jabrill Peppers unable to play as a game-time decision, FSU marched 75 yards in six plays for a touchdown on the opening drive of the game. Dalvin Cook carried the load, running four times for 40 yards and the score.

Michigan was forced to punt on its opening drive, but Allen boomed a punt 61 yards, forcing FSU's Murray to field the ball running over his shoulder. Murray fumbled at his own four-yard line, and Thomas recovered at the one. U-M had to settle for a 19-yard field goal from Allen.

FSU kicker Ricky Aguayo matched the field goal on the Seminole's second drive of the game, sending a 43-yarder through the uprights with 7:31 to play in the quarter. Cook was again the important piece of the drive as he was on the receiving end of a 45-yard pass completion on the first play of the drive.

FSU extended its lead to 17-3 with 2:49 left in the first quarter as Francois found a wide-open Murray down the left sideline for a 92-yard touchdown pass, the longest touchdown pass in Orange Bowl history. At that point, FSU had outgained U-M by a count of 201-22 with the Seminoles averaging 14.3 yards per play.

On the opening drive of the second quarter, Michigan gained 59 yards on 11 plays before settling for a 28-yard field goal from Allen for a 17-6 score. Speight showed his ability extend plays with his scrambling ability. He was just 2-of-4 on the drive, but both completions went for first downs under duress to put the Wolverines in scoring position.

FSU answered again as Aguyao connected from 38 yards away for a 20-6 lead as the teams headed to the locker room.


Next Game
    September 2, 2017
     vs Florida
    Time: 2:30 PM CT   TV: ABC

M divider
Sunday, September 3

East Division
Michigan (10) 0-0 0-0 
Ohio State (6) 0-0 0-0 
Penn State (7) 0-0 0-0 
Indiana 0-0 0-0 
Maryland 0-0 0-0 
Michigan State 0-0 0-0 
Rutgers 0-0 0-0 


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