March 21 2018

Game ball for season-opening win over Florida

March 21 2018, 10:23 | Van Peters

Game ball for season-opening win over Florida

Game ball for season-opening win over Florida

They held No. 17 Florida to 154 total yards (only 11 on the ground) and kept the Gators offense from scoring after an opening-drive field goal. The Sooners rolled up 676 yards of offense in their first game under head coach Lincoln Riley.

MI quarterback Wilton Speight, who overcame throwing two second-quarter interceptions returned for touchdowns to lead the Wolverines to the win, called the letter "really cool".

Despite outgaining Florida 203-91, MI trailed 17-13 at halftime. The multiple suspensions on the defending SEC East champions squad only makes matters worse as the offense will be without two of its key playmakers, wide receiver Antonio Callaway and running back Jordan Scarlett. MI ran for 215 yards while Florida ran for 20. The Gators were 2-of-12 on third down.

Wilton Speight started at quarterback and sat for two series in the second quarter after the two interceptions and backup John O'Korn took over. The Wolverines probably won't see a ranked team again until an October 21 visit to Penn State, and that leaves plenty of time to tidy things up. He finished the game with 75 yards on 5-for-9 passing.

MIAMI 41, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 13 Malik Rosier passed for 217 yards and three touchdowns in his debut as Miami's full-time starting quarterback, Mark Walton ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns, and the 18th-ranked Hurricanes (1-0) beat visiting Bethune-Cookman (0-1). He seemed uncomfortable at the helm of the offense and couldn't move the ball down the field in any manner. In college, that means more than three yards beyond the line of scrimmage.

· The following individuals were first-time starters on offense: Tarik Black (WR), Kekoa Crawford (WR), Michael Onwenu (G), Nolan Ulizio (T) and Tyrone Wheatley (TE). Isaac, a five-star recruit in the class of 2013, had 11 carries for 114 yards. MI took the second half kickoff and went 75 yards in 10 plays, the last a 3-yard score from Karan Higdon.

Unfortunately, the lift from those momentum-flipping plays and the 17-10 lead those pick-6s gave Florida didn't last long.

On the Wolverines' next drive, a 3rd & Long would turn into a disaster for Speight.

The game ball for today, in my opinion, should go to Ambry Thomas.

On Florida's next possession, Franks scrambled on third down, was hit by Josh Metellus and Lawrence Marshall recovered.

Michigan's biggest offensive star was redshirt freshman kicker Quinn Nordin, who kicked four field goals, including a 55-yarder and a 50-yarder. MI took a 26-17 lead.

But Alabama immediately answered with its own best drive of the night, an 85-yard blitzkrieg in five plays that ended on a 53-yard rainbow from Jalen Hurts to Calvin Ridley to put Alabama on top at 10-7.

Saturday, in front of 75,802 in attendance at AT&T Stadium, Black hauled in a 46-yard bomb to put MI ahead early. Officials ruled MI had an ineligible player downfield, nullifying Wilton Speight's throw to Kekoa Crawford. Florida took a 17-10 lead. And then, Will Hart's punt was blocked. It wasn't any better for Zaire, who fumbled in the end zone late in the fourth quarter and the ball was recovered by MI for the game's final touchdown.

Mark Andrews had career highs of seven catches and 134 yards, all in the first half.

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