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Wilton Speight Gets Start For Michigan vs. Florida

Wilton Speight Gets Start For Michigan vs. Florida

The answer wasn't terribly different from Jim McElwain's first two season in Gainesville.

After a dismal second quarter when Florida scored twice on interception returns, the Wolverines snapped back in the second half to win, 33-17, before 75,802 at AT&T Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

In the second quarter senior Duke Dawson returned his 3rd career Pick-Six to tie the ball game. A 2-point pass from Hurts to Ridley staked Alabama to a 21-7 lead with 1:41 to play in the third quarter. Luke Del Rio, Feleipe Franks and Malik Zaire will continue to wait just before this game of who will be start. When coach Jim McElwain pulled Franks after losing a third quarter fumble, the Gators didn't fare any better when Malik Zaire quarterbacked the Gators for the last six series, which included a sack-fumble that MI recovered for a touchdown with 1:37 remaining. MI scored on the opening drive with a three yard run from Karan Higdon, giving them the lead 20-17.

Franks, trying to extend Florida's next drive, fumbled at the Gators' 37.

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.

Chris Evans had a relatively quiet day with 22 carries for 78 yards, but the Wolverines have a three-headed monster at the position. First, running back Damien Harris blocked a Florida State punt, which turned into an Alabama field goal.

Cleveland made a leaping grab for another first down as Florida made its way to midfield.

Just about everything Zaire threw came off some type of rollout, designed or otherwise, and the drive ended when he was sacked on a similar play.

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.

MI continued to pound away. The biggest mistakes for the Gators, though, came before they arrived in Texas. Doing so didn't result in more touchdowns, but it effectively ate enough clock to make a Gators comeback all the more improbable. He never looked comfortable in the pocket.

The defensive unit finished off a great day in the best possible way, with Chase Winovich forcing a fumble in the endzone that would be recovered by Noah Furbush for a touchdown.

He looked, at times, like a left-handed Treon Harris. The Florida offense was held to 192 total yards, which confirms that Michigan's lockdown defensive culture is very present. And like that game on New Year's Eve, the Seminoles actually reached the end zone first.