Michigan Football fought back late and made it a game to the very end, but Florida State walked out of the Orange Bowl with a 33-32 victory on Friday evening in Miami.
The Wolverines were without Jabrill Peppers, who was unable to go after giving it a shot in pre-game warmups. He reportedly suffered a hamstring injury earlier this week in practice.
Florida State took the ball right down the field and scored on the opening drive of the game, but Michigan had a chance to tie the game when a botched punt set them up at the 1-yard line. The Wolverines would settle for a field goal.
The Seminoles went into the locker room up 20-6 at halftime.
Michigan held FSU scoreless in the third quarter and tacked on nine points, thanks to a Kenny Allen field goal and pick-six from Mike McCray to head into the final frame down 20-15.
Things got interesting late. After Florida State took a 27-15 lead, Michigan fired back with 15 straight points to take a 30-27 lead late in the fourth quarter. FSU returned a kick into field goal range late and tacked on a touchdown for good measure to re-take a 33-30 lead.
However, the extra point was blocked and returned for two points by Josh Metellus to bring it to 33-32 with :36 to play. Michigan had three timeouts to get it done late, but were unable to get the job done.
The loss puts the Wolverines at 10-3 on the season and losing three of their last four games. With much of the talent moving on after this season, Michigan will have a young team with major questions to answer in 2017.