MI upends short-handed Florida: 3 takeaways


This interception returned for a touchdown was upheld after a review. So Harbaugh sat Speight down and had him watch a few series from the sideline.

The No. 16 Florida Gators open their season Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC) at AT&T Stadium against No. 9 MI. "We just go out and play". However, when in doubt, go with the better coach.

Speight's two interceptions put MI in a 17-10 hole, but fifth-year senior John O'Korn came in and led a drive that cut that deficit to 17-13 by halftime.

Florida was down a touchdown in the second quarter, then the Gators weren't. Speight has five interceptions in his last three games.

"They whooped us", Florida coach Jim McElwain said, the first of four times he used the word in his postgame press conference.

MI center Mason Cole and his teammates have gotten used to the off-the-field buzz Harbaugh has created since coming back to campus in 2015. "Not to say the other guys didn't".

"I started leaking my head a little bit". "He went back in and calmed down and played to his talent, which is a lot of talent".

"I thought Wilton did a good job getting calmed down", Harbaugh said.

Speight was just a small part of the story.

On Michigan's first offensive drive, they drove the length of the field and seemed to score, but an incorrect penalty call negated the touchdown. That set up a 30-yard field goal by Quinn, who then made a 50-yarder after MI recovered another fumble. You usually need a big-time quarterback to win in college football. However, they are replacing a lot of starting and key players heading into the 2017 season.

"What they did and what they sacrificed and what they were able to - age is irrelevant", Harbaugh said. "Going into the game, I really didn't have any nerves". "How your shoulders are, where your eyes are, it's a minor detail, but guys across the boards are feeding off of that". Speight finished 11 of 25 passing for 181 yards, but the Wolverines dominated a short-handed Gators team for a big nonconference victory. But he won, and he learned a ton. "It always astonishes me with quarterbacks".

But what could detract from the possible distractions is the fact the Gators are starting the strong-armed Franks at quarterback and some gifted true freshmen will be seeing their first playing time, led by Marco Wilson, who is slated to start at cornerback.

Harbaugh reads letter to inspire freshmen: Harbaugh received a letter from a MI fan, talking about how he and fellow soldiers 20 and under faced pressure in battle, and he said he read the letter to help inspire his freshmen before their first collegiate game. Florida vs MI football tv channel is on ABC, live stream is on WatchESPN. "What his Marines did, and what they sacrificed, age is irrelevant". I like the way the team's hung together. If they hope to challenge the Crimson Tide this season, a win over a Big Ten power would certainly be a nice way to start. Still, the streak of 13 in a row is tied for fourth-longest in program history.

MI built a 10-3 lead - the Wolverines settled for a 25-yarder from Nordin after officials threw a flag on a touchdown catch by Kekoa Crawford (ineligible receiver downfield) - in the first quarter. It's hard to immediately assign blame, but it appears as if Wilson passed off Black to Davis, who wasn't deep enough after biting on Michigan's run fake.

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