Back-to-back interceptions were returned for touchdowns on Saturday turning a 10-3 deficit for the Florida Gators into a 17-10 lead over MI. It tied the game up 10-10 with more than 12 minutes remaining in the second quarter of this heavyweight battle.
Anthony Riddle, who is from Jackson, Michigan, shared in the letter some of the experiences of training and combat that he and his fellow young Marines went through.
MI football also got solid contributions from its young pass catchers.
"Unique would be the word I would use in place of magic because it is", Harbaugh said. "It's a group in a unit or on a team that come together and do their job". For the first time in my lifetime, Michigan has a very good kicker. The win today by MI gave the Gators their first opening day loss since 1989.
Florida had already returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the game when it blocked a punt and began its next drive at the MI 37. "Everybody was mature about this loss, and everybody knows we just have to move on and get ready for next week". I like this team, I like the guys on this team. I would add one thing: McElwain was outcoached because he was more concerned with redeeming Jim McElwain than the Florida Gators.
After Karan Higdon's 3-yard TD run capped a half-opening 75-yard, 10-yard drive, Ambry Thomas forced and recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff.
"This win was a good start for the season for us, build our confidence, allow us to see what we're capable of", sophomore linebacker Devin Bush said.
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The Gators lost their season opener for the first time since 1989, while being held to 192 total yards, nine first downs and no offensive touchdowns Saturday.
MI coach John Harbaugh refuses to make his decision known, but it's between redshirt senior Wilton Speight and sixth-year senior John O'Korn. After that touchdown drive to open the half, the Wolverines settled for back-to-back field goals, a punt, and then Nordin attempted two more that he missed.
Michigan's offense sputtered some after the break, leaving points on the field by way of incomplete passes and missed field goals.
Before that, Nordin committed to Penn State with the most epic kicker commitment video of all time.
"Our defense was fantastic", Harbaugh said. "I just went out there and did what I was supposed to do". They lost three fumbles, one recovered in the end zone for a MI touchdown.
Last season, Speight threw for 2,538 yards, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Yeah, 10 Florida players - including leading receiver Antonio Callaway and leading rusher Jordan Scarlett - were suspended for the game. The Gators' two touchdowns came on interceptions of MI quarterback Wilton Speight, who found himself on the bench in favor of backup John O'Korn for two series after throwing his second pick-six. Zaire played Saturday as well, going 9 of 17 for 106 yards and five sacks.
"I just wanted to try to calm him down a little bit; that was a rough circumstance", Harbaugh said. I don't think we've ever made excuses for anything we've ever done or anything I've ever done.
On the next play, Speight fired a draft across the middle to Grant Perry for a 28-yard gain that set up the go-ahead touchdown.