A strip sack by Winovich would turn into a fumble recovery TD by Noah Furbush virtually ending the game with the score 33- 17. As expected MI started Wilton Speight, but gave John O'Korn two series when Speight was struggling. But Speight started the second half and orchestrated a 10-play scoring drive that gave MI the lead, 20-17.
The Wolverines appear to have everything else in place again.
The Michigan football team will begin the 2017 season on Saturday, but we wouldn't be good fans if we didn't look past the game in front of us in an attempt to asses the season as a whole. He seemed uncomfortable at the helm of the offense and couldn't move the ball down the field in any manner. First, running back Damien Harris blocked a Florida State punt, which turned into an Alabama field goal.
No clear starter has emerged at quarterback for Florida and McElwain admitted that he may use three different options against the Wolverines, as he looks for someone to step up and jumpstart an offense that ranked 107th in FBS in points per game (23.9) last season.
Alabama posted modest numbers offensively: 96 passing yards, 173 on the ground on 42 carries.
The Wolverines outscored the Gators 20-0 in a dominant second half. Speight completed 11 of 25 passes for 181 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. But he couldn't help when MI punctuated the game with a sack in the end zone that was recovered for a touchdown with under two minutes to play.
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MI trailed 17-13 at halftime before scoring three times in the first 6 minutes of the second half. MI took a 26-17 lead.
Sadly, Michigan got swamped in the second quarter with back-to-back interceptions from Florida, but the Wolverines ended the first half by cutting the Gators' lead by four with a 55-yard field goal from Quinn Nordin. He was briefly yanked for John O'Korn in the second quarter after throwing consecutive pick-sixes to Duke Dawson and CJ Henderson. Both of Speight's turnovers came on throws that sailed high and made for easy picks.
O'Korn came in on the next series and wasn't able to spark the offense. That whirlwind started in the first half after he hit Tarik Black for a 46-yard touchdown.
Defensive coordinator Don Brown will have to replace 10 starters from a unit which ranked in the top five nationally of nearly every major category but will still boast one of the nation's most feared defensive lines, headlined by Gary and potential National Football League first-round pick Maurice Hurst.
One of the other nine suspended players is dynamic wide receiver Antonio Callaway, who led the Gators in receptions (54) and receiving yards (721), while freshman wideout Kemore Gamble is "highly questionable" with a leg injury.