Wilton Speight throws pick-six to Duke Dawson

03 September 2017, 07:24 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Wilton Speight throws pick-six to Duke Dawson

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When two Top 25 teams meet in Week 1 of the season, you expect a hard-hitting battle.

Of the 23-member class, 17 made the trip to Arlington and dressed out for Saturday's game, with one - cornerback Marco Wilson - starting the game.

The Gators started freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks before replacing him with Malik Zaire later in the second half.

Last season, Speight threw for 2,538 yards, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

In fact, if it wasn't for #Wilton Speight throwing two interceptions, both returned for touchdowns by the Florida defense, MI could have won this game by 20 points or more.

Wilson was pretty consistent throughout, breaking up a pass in the end zone in the first half. And when he does, he motions toward the sideline, as if to signal, "Hey, I'm backing off the line". "And yet they (Michigan) took advantage on some big throws and they did what any normal coach would do". And yet in saying that, those guys will learn a ton from this. I think they will find a way to put together some scoring drives today. And this was a good football game for them.

From that point on, the only answer McElwain could give for his team was one that doesn't bode well for the pending SEC season.

Ivey said things are not as bad as they may seem right now on the line.

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"We were all heading into WAR and were not even old enough to have a beer; I served in three tours to Iraq before I was 22 years old". The Wolverines ran for 215 yards, totaled 433 overall. We just stick to the fundamentals and the basics. Communication. That was a big key to the game.

Before we get into this, it's important to note the situation. That, said McElwain, was a major turning point. "I wouldn't say that". Plain and simple, take your whooping.

"I don't know", he said. They settled for tying field goal.

Karan Higdon, a 3-star recruit from Sarasota who did not receive an offer from the in-state Gators, put the Wolverines on top to stay with a 3-yard touchdown run on Michigan's opening drive of the second half.

Chris Evans had a relatively quiet day with 22 carries for 78 yards, but the Wolverines have a three-headed monster at the position. Along with the interceptions, he also missed Crawford for what should have been an easy, lung-puncturing touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Nordin would make two more field goals in the quarter giving MI a 26-17 lead heading into the 4th quarter. And then, Will Hart's punt was blocked. "And that was an opportunity". "We always going to apply pressure".

Florida on the other hand was coming into this game a little empty handed.

In the game, MI outdistanced Florida by 241 total yards.

NOTES: The programs had never met in the regular season before Saturday.

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