This year has not been the best for the Florida State football team, and they had goals of reaching the college football playoffs. That did not happen, as they did not even make the ACC championship game this year. The Noles have not been able to get past the Clemson Tigers the past few years, and that has really hurt their post season opportunities. However, they got to play the Michigan Wolverines in the Orange Bowl in Miami this year. A lot of college football fans thought that Michigan should have been in the college football playoffs, and that FSU had no shot at beating the talented Wolverines. Well this game turned into one of the best Bowl games of all time.
FSU jumped out to an early lead and their star running back, Dalvin Cook, looked unstoppable to start the game. FSU felt very at home in Hard Rock stadium and Cook called it the "Doak South." The majority of the fans at the stadium were rooting for FSU and doing the tomahawk chop and war chant all game long. FSU took an early lead and it seemed as if they were playing at home, back in Tallahassee again. The Wolverines had other thoughts in mind though, as they battled back and erased a 14 point FSU lead late in the game. The Wolverines then took a 30-27 lead, when Amara Darboh caught a two-point pass from Wilton Speight. For a minute, it looked as though the Wolverines would steal the game and beat the Noles in their home state.
On the ensuing kickoff, FSU got a huge return that set them up with great field position in Michigan territory. FSU took the lead for good, with 36 seconds to go, when quarterback Deondre Francois found Nyqwan Murray for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Nobody in the country even thought that Michigan would be able to battle back and eventually take the lead. They did just that, and for a moment they shocked the college football world. However, FSU would not give up and they kept fighting until the last whistle blew. “That’s what I’m telling you about this team right here,” Cook said. “Whatever we face, we battle back.”
FSU did not give up, and in the end, they were able to pull out the one point victory and end the season on a high note. Cook, who became a star at Miami Central High before his three prolific seasons at FSU, starred in his hometown, in what turned out to be his final collegiate game. As expected, Cook declared himself eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft, only one day after the Seminoles’ victory. Even though FSU did not make the college football playoffs this year, they were still able to beat one of the best teams in the country. For recruiting, this was a huge game as well, especially for FSU as they played in their home state of Florida.