MIAMI, Florida, USA (sentinel.ht) – There were so many Haitians on the field in Miami for the Orange Bowl they could have called it the Zoe Bowl. Former University of Miami and New Orleans Linebacker Jonathan Vilma held down the halftime analysis, University of Michigan Special Teams Player and Safety Josh Metellus took a dramatic closing minute blocked PAT to the house to bring the Wolverines within one, and of course, the command of the bowl champs, 7-point underdogs, Florida State University’s, red shirt freshman Quarterback Deondre Francois.
But as it has been all season for the Seminoles, it was all about Miami-native Dalvin Cook, the best running-back in the game. Cook broke Warrick Dunn’s career rushing record in November and Friday night, nearly eclipsed 4,500 career rushing yards. Small, patient but powerful and fast, he pounded for his 19th rushing touchdown for the second year in a row. That doesn’t even account for his 900+ career receiving yards, 45 of which came on an incredible deep pass down the sideline early in the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium.
A great synopsis of the game, below, from excerpts from Safid Deen of the Orlando Sentinel:
Forida State’s Kermit Whitfield tried to tell fellow receiver Keith Gavin to stay in the end zone and not return Michigan’s kickoff.
But Gavin, a true freshman playing in his first meaningful game for the Seminoles, thought he was already crossed the goal line and had to make the best of his first possession in a college football game.
Gavin broke free for a 66-yard return, just seconds after Michigan scored a go-ahead touchdown and two-point conversion to take a lead late in the fourth quarter.
FSU quarterback Deondre Francois made the most of the field position, tossing a 12-yard touchdown to fellow Orlando native Nyqwan Murray to seal a 33-32 victory for the No. 11 Seminoles (10-3) over the No. 6 Wolverines (10-3) in the Orange Bowl on Friday night.
The Seminoles were able to secure the victory in Hard Rock Stadium despite Michigan’s Josh Metellus returning a blocked extra point for two points on the ensuing play in one of the wildest and most memorable games of the college football season.
FSU true freshman defensive back Carlos Becker sealed the win with an interception of Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight in the final seconds, clinching the fifth consecutive 10-win season for the Seminoles.