No. 11 MI ends No. 17 Florida's streak

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Senior Duke Dawson snatched one ball that deflected off the hands of MI receiver Kekoa Crawford and returned it 48 yards for a score - the third of his career.

The win today by MI gave the Gators their first opening day loss since 1989.

MI surrendered just 182 total yards in the game, including 21 on the ground, and eight first downs.

Wilton Speight played the entire game at quarterback for MI with the exception of John O'Korn entering for two series in the second quarter. That might come as a surprise, given what MI lost to the NFL Draft, but the Wolverines have depth on the defensive line and a returning starter at quarterback. He said some consideration was given to inserting former starter Luke Del Rio, which never happened.

Franks was then replaced by Malik Zaire.

"I think it wore on us a little bit, and yet we still had some opportunities". "I know how well we're going to be if we do our jobs and execute and do what we're taught". Obviously still in the ballgame and we weren't able to really generate anything. Many believed Michigan's defensive backs were going to struggle a lot this season, but they looked very sharp. Zaire didn't look much better, however. Michigan's offense methodically carved it with the precision of an expert butcher, amassing 218 yards passing and 215 yards rushing.

The 2017-18 season did not get off to a great start for the No. 17 Florida Gators, who lost 33-17 to the No. 11 Michigan Wolverines Saturday.

Florida State's defense was quite good on Saturday night, but it wasn't near enough to beat Alabama as the top-ranked Crimson Tide handled the 3rd-ranked Seminoles 24-7 in the biggest opening game in college football history. Quinn Nordin kicked two field goals of 50 yards or more for the Wolverines. But Speight started the second half and orchestrated a 10-play scoring drive that gave MI the lead, 20-17.

MI looked to be rolling early in the second quarter, after scoring on consecutive drives to go up 10-3 on Florida, and forcing a Gators punt. Junior running back Jordan Scarlett was expected to be focal point of the offense after a stellar sophomore season that saw him rush for 889 yards and six touchdowns, but the school announced Wednesday he will join a list of nine other players who are suspended for at least one game. MI then received the ball and marched down the field.

Much was made out of the fact that MI football was only returning five starters coming into the 2017 season. O'Korn hit Black on a decent 37-yarder down the sideline, yet immediately kept running into a sack and after that neglected to scramble out of the pocket a play later - bringing about a field objective.

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