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No. 11 Michigan rolls late, beats No. 17 Florida 33-17

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The message for all those young Michigan players was clear in the letter from a 13-year combat veteran that coach Jim Harbaugh read to them the night before the first game.

''Just to hear that letter and say, OK, there's 18- and 19-year-old guys going over there defending our freedom, why can't we step out onto the field ... and play a simple game of football?'' quarterback Wilton Speight said after the 11th-ranked Wolverines beat No. 17 Florida 33-17 on Saturday.

While Speight is a senior, the Wolverines had to replace 18 of 22 starters from last season and there are youngsters on the roster.

Quinn Nordin, in his first college game, became the first Michigan kicker to make two 50-yard field goals in the same game, freshman Tarik Black had a 46-yard touchdown catch and the overhauled Michigan defense didn't allow a touchdown while handing Florida its first season-opening loss in nearly three decades.

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. Riddle wrote that he was responding to naysayers who believed Michigan football was going into this season too young and too inexperienced.

''The message, it's irrelevant what the age is,'' Harbaugh said. ''It's a group in a unit or on a team that come together and do their job. ... It was better than anything I could have told the team.''

Michigan trailed 17-13 at halftime before scoring three times in the first 6 minutes of the second half. The Gators had won 27 consecutive season openers, the nation's longest such streak, since a home loss to Mississippi in 1989.

''It's gonna hurt, and if it doesn't, then something is wrong,'' Florida coach Jim McElwain said. ''We have a lot more to play. I like this team, I like the guys on this team. I think we have a chance to grow and I believe we will.''

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. That set up a 30-yard field goal by Quinn, who then made a 50-yarder after Michigan recovered another fumble.

''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.

Florida's only touchdowns came when Duke Dawson and CJ Henderson returned interceptions for touchdowns. Those came on consecutive throws by Michigan starting quarterback Wilton Speight in the second quarter.

''I thought Wilton did a good job getting calmed down,'' Harbaugh said. ''Showed a lot of resilience, our team today, and I'm very proud of that.''

SLEEPY TIME

Nordin made four field goals, including a 55-yarder in the first half. He missed two attempts wide right in the fourth quarter, one of those from 52 yards. The nation's No. 1 kicker in the 2016 recruiting class, Nordin had initially committed to Penn State but signed with the Wolverines after a home visit that included a sleepover by Harbaugh.

''It was the craziest thing,'' Nordin said of his debut, not the sleepover. ''I just went out there and did what I was supposed to do.''

THE TAKEAWAY:

MICHIGAN: While the defense has been greatly overhauled - remember, there were eight Michigan defenders drafted off last year's unit - the Wolverines limited Florida to 192 total yards (only 11 yards rushing). They even scored a late touchdown on a sack that resulted in a fumble recovered in the end zone. Aside from the interceptions on consecutive throws, Speight was 11-of-23 passing for 181 yards with the TD to Black.

FLORIDA: It was really hard to judge the Gators with their leading returning receiver Antonio Callaway and top returning rusher Jordan Scarlett among 10 players suspended for the opener. Redshirt freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks, in his first start for the Gators, completed 5 of 9 passes for 75 yards and lost a fumble early in the second half. Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire came on after that, and was 9 of 17 for 106 yards.

''We needed to shake up the batting order a little bit,'' McElwain said. ''I thought Malik would come in and give us a change of pace at that point when we were still in the ballgame.''

UP NEXT

MICHIGAN: The Wolverines play their home opener next Saturday in a first-ever meeting against Cincinnati.

FLORIDA: The Gators have their final tuneup before SEC play, hosting Northern Colorado for their home opener next Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:37
3-Q.Nordin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
33
17
Touchdown 1:40
8-M.Zaire sacked at FLA End Zone for -3 yards FUMBLES (15-C.Winovich). 59-N.Furbush runs no gain for a touchdown.
0
plays
89
yds
0:07
pos
32
17
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 9:07
3-Q.Nordin 50 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
-28
yds
01:02
pos
26
17
Field Goal 11:09
3-Q.Nordin 30 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
-49
yds
00:38
pos
23
17
Point After TD 11:53
3-Q.Nordin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
17
Touchdown 11:53
22-K.Higdon runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
22
yds
03:07
pos
19
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 4:28
3-Q.Nordin 55 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
5
yds
02:34
pos
13
17
Point After TD 10:50
15-E.Pineiro extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
17
Touchdown 11:00
3-W.Speight incomplete. Intended for 88-G.Perry INTERCEPTED by 5-C.Henderson at MICH 41. 5-C.Henderson runs 41 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
41
yds
0:00
pos
10
16
Point After TD 12:19
15-E.Pineiro extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
10
Touchdown 12:34
3-W.Speight incomplete. Intended for 1-K.Crawford INTERCEPTED by 7-D.Dawson at MICH 48. 7-D.Dawson runs 48 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
48
yds
0:00
pos
10
9
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:01
3-Q.Nordin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
3
Touchdown 3:01
3-W.Speight complete to 7-T.Black. 7-T.Black runs 46 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
17
yds
00:43
pos
9
3
Field Goal 5:31
3-Q.Nordin 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
16
plays
30
yds
06:55
pos
3
3
Field Goal 12:31
15-E.Pineiro 46 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
14
yds
02:29
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 19 9
Rushing 10 2
Passing 8 6
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 6-18 2-13
4th Down Conv 1-1 1-2
Total Net Yards 413 154
Total Plays 75 53
Avg Gain 5.5 2.9
Net Yards Rushing 215 11
Rush Attempts 49 27
Avg Rush Yards 4.4 0.4
Net Yards Passing 198 143
Comp. - Att. 12-26 14-26
Yards Per Pass 7.6 5.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-20 6-38
Penalties - Yards 12-100 6-40
Touchdowns 3 2
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 1 0
Other 1 2
Turnovers 3 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 2-2
Int. Thrown 2 0
Punts - Avg 2-35.0 6-54.7
Return Yards 40 160
Punts - Returns 5-40 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 4-71
Int. - Returns 0-0 2-89
Kicking 7/9 3/4
Extra Points 3/3 2/2
Field Goals 4/6 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
11 Michigan 1-0 10313733
17 Florida 0-1 3140017
198 PASS YDS 143
215 RUSH YDS 11
413 TOTAL YDS 154
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
W. Speight 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
44% 181 1 2 102.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
44% 181 1 2 102.0
W. Speight 11/25 181 1 2
J. O'Korn 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 37 0 0 410.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 37 0 0 410.8
J. O'Korn 1/1 37 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Isaac 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 114 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 114 0
T. Isaac 11 114 0 36
C. Evans 12 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 78 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 78 0
C. Evans 22 78 0 29
K. Higdon 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 28 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 28 1
K. Higdon 7 28 1 12
K. Hill 80 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
K. Hill 2 5 0 4
E. McDoom 13 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
E. McDoom 1 4 0 4
J. O'Korn 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 -5 0
J. O'Korn 2 -5 0 -1
W. Speight 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 -9 0
W. Speight 4 -9 0 8
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Black 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 83 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 83 1
T. Black 2 83 1 46
N. Eubanks 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 61 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 61 0
N. Eubanks 2 61 0 48
G. Perry 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 46 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 46 0
G. Perry 4 46 0 28
S. McKeon 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 25 0
S. McKeon 3 25 0 10
K. Crawford 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 3 0
K. Crawford 1 3 0 3
E. McDoom 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
E. McDoom 0 0 0 0
K. Hill 80 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
K. Hill 0 0 0 0
D. Peoples-Jones 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
D. Peoples-Jones 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Bush 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 2.0
D. Bush 7-0 2.0 0
M. Hurst 73 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
M. Hurst 5-0 0.0 0
T. Kinnel 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
T. Kinnel 4-2 0.0 0
L. Hill 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
L. Hill 4-0 0.0 0
J. Metellus 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Metellus 3-0 0.0 0
C. Winovich 15 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
C. Winovich 3-1 1.0 0
J. Uche 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
J. Uche 2-0 1.0 0
R. Gary 3 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
R. Gary 2-0 0.0 0
M. McCray 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
M. McCray 2-0 1.0 0
K. Hudson 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
K. Hudson 2-2 1.0 0
D. Gil 36 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Gil 1-0 0.0 0
N. Furbush 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
N. Furbush 1-1 0.0 0
C. Kemp 2 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Kemp 1-0 0.0 0
J. Hudson 55 OL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Hudson 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Q. Nordin 3 K
IN-GAME FG XP
4/6 3/3
SEASON FG XP
4/6 3/3
Q. Nordin 4/6 55 3/3 15
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
W. Hart 17 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 35.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
2 35.0 2
W. Hart 2 35.0 2 35
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Peoples-Jones 9 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 8.0 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 8.0 18 0
D. Peoples-Jones 5 8.0 18 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Zaire 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.9% 106 0 0 105.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.9% 106 0 0 105.3
M. Zaire 9/17 106 0 0
F. Franks 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.6% 75 0 0 125.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.6% 75 0 0 125.6
F. Franks 5/9 75 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Thompson 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 13 0
M. Thompson 5 13 0 6
L. Perine 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 8 0
L. Perine 7 8 0 6
M. Davis 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
M. Davis 1 8 0 8
F. Franks 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 7 0
F. Franks 5 7 0 16
T. Cleveland 89 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
T. Cleveland 1 4 0 4
M. Zaire 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 -29 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 -29 0
M. Zaire 8 -29 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Hammond 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 71 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 71 0
J. Hammond 3 71 0 34
T. Cleveland 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 56 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 56 0
T. Cleveland 4 56 0 31
K. Toney 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 27 0
K. Toney 2 27 0 20
C. Lewis 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 17 0
C. Lewis 2 17 0 14
B. Powell 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 8 0
B. Powell 2 8 0 6
D. Massey 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 2 0
D. Massey 1 2 0 2
M. Thompson 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Thompson 0 0 0 0
F. Swain 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
F. Swain 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
N. Washington 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
N. Washington 8-1 0.0 0
D. Reese 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 0.0
D. Reese 7-4 0.0 0
J. Polite 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
J. Polite 6-0 1.0 0
J. Sherit 17 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 2.0
J. Sherit 5-0 2.0 0
C. Gardner Jr. 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
C. Gardner Jr. 5-1 0.0 0
K. Johnson 28 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
K. Johnson 4-0 0.0 0
M. Wilson 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
M. Wilson 3-0 0.0 0
C. Jefferson 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
C. Jefferson 3-1 1.0 0
D. Dawson 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
D. Dawson 3-0 0.0 1
S. Davis 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
S. Davis 3-0 0.0 0
J. Zuniga 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Zuniga 2-0 0.0 0
J. Moon 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Moon 2-0 0.0 0
C. Henderson 5 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
C. Henderson 1-0 0.0 1
V. Joseph 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
V. Joseph 1-0 0.0 0
T. Bryan 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Bryan 1-0 0.0 0
T. Slaton 56 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Slaton 1-0 0.0 0
K. Campbell 55 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
K. Campbell 1-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
E. Pineiro 15 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
1/2 2/2
E. Pineiro 1/2 46 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Townsend 19 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 54.7 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
6 54.7 1
J. Townsend 6 54.7 1 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Cleveland 89 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 20.5 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 20.5 26 0
T. Cleveland 2 20.5 26 0
D. Massey 9 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
D. Massey 1 15.0 15 0
K. Toney 17 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
K. Toney 1 15.0 15 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:26 MICH 25 6:55 16 73 FG
3:44 MICH 25 0:43 4 17 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:41 MICH 26 2:07 7 -2 INT
12:19 MICH 25 1:19 3 73 INT
10:50 MICH 25 1:45 3 0 Punt
7:02 MICH 30 2:34 5 35 FG
1:50 MICH 7 1:33 4 21 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MICH 25 3:07 12 75 TD
11:47 FLA 16 0:38 4 -49 FG
10:09 FLA 37 1:02 4 -28 FG
7:29 MICH 27 3:19 8 30 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:10 MICH 20 3:18 9 41 FG Miss
8:45 MICH 28 3:14 8 58 FG Miss
3:22 FLA 38 0:53 3 -8 Punt
1:37 FLA 7 0:00 1 -58
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 FLA 25 2:29 7 46 FG
5:27 FLA 25 1:31 3 -2 Punt
3:01 FLA 25 2:42 5 12 End of quarter
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:19 MICH 7 0:00 1 -58
10:50 MICH 7 0:00 1 -58
8:54 MICH 37 1:47 4 -33 FG Miss
4:15 FLA 15 2:15 5 28 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:05 FLA 25 0:46 3 12
8:52 FLA 26 1:09 3 0 Punt
4:04 FLA 8 3:20 7 44 End of quarter
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:46 FLA 34 1:49 4 -8 Punt
5:26 FLA 20 1:59 7 18
2:22 FLA 11 0:42 2 89 TD
1:28 FLA 16 1:07 6 39 End of game