Florida's defense picks 2 for TDs, then blocks punt against MI


The Gators lost two fumbles in their territory in the third, each leading to MI scores.

Getting older has not automatically made the offensive line better.

Even still, it would appear that Florida will once again be plagued by issues at quarterback. Final Score: Michigan 17-Florida 14.

"They physically took it to us", Florida coach Jim McElwain said.

"Their guys were bigger and stronger", he added. I credit McElwain for his willingness to speak honestly, but the coach needs to take a long look at himself in the mirror.

Early in McElwain's postgame news conference, he said simply, "We didn't have an answer". On Saturday, it looked like the same old Florida offensive line that got pushed around roughly 20 months ago by MI in the Citrus Bowl.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - 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. The team didn't play like it Saturday afternoon at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. MI ran a play-action fake to running back Karan Higdon, and its offensive line provided adequate time for quarterback Wilton Speight to take a deep drop, survey the field and find receiver Tarik Black streaking behind the defense for a 46-yard touchdown.

The Wolverines, with Speight starting the second half, had a well-designed 10-play drive to open the second half to regain the lead.

Sound familiar? It's not all that different than last season. Speight will be working with new receivers and a new set of running backs this year as well.

MI has played well in head coach Jim Harbaugh's first two seasons (20-6). And he made it abundantly clear as to why Speight won the quarterback battle in the first place. While Speight returned and finished out the game, Franks remained on the bench.

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The lack of playmakers showed on offense for the Gators, as their quarterbacks were unable to sustain drives throughout the game. It did not, as the Gators failed to cut into the UM lead. When he found Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire, the Wolverines forced almost all of his 17 second-half pass attempts to come under pressure.

While Speight is a senior, the Wolverines had to replace 18 of 22 starters from last season and there are youngsters on the roster. Coming into the game, however, few would have expected a performance on offense so bad that McElwain would have to tell everyone that it is not time to panic. "We're always going to apply pressure". "And yet, it's not time to hit the panic button". I like the communication where we are with our football team on the field, communicating calls, and I like their understanding of what we're doing schematically. "We'll come back and do the right thing and be okay".

Need More winners against the spread? It is also worrisome that a position group he spent months bragging on - the offensive line - was manhandled by MI from start to finish.

Opening day is usually the most anticipated game of the season, and it's certainly true in this case, given the big-time matchup between traditional powers on a national stage.

Mayfield completed 16 straight passes to start the game. Sharpe was talented, but he didn't block SEC defensive lines all by himself. They go out in the alternate uniforms and win, they'll be the favorite uniforms, right? Michigan's Don Brown is considered one of college football's best defensive coordinators and the Florida coaches were woefully out-schemed.

Tyrrell Pigrome threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score before leaving with an injury and Maryland spoiled Texas coach Tom Herman's debut. Del Rio didn't play on Saturday, but it's fair to wonder if he will in Week 2. Junior wide receiver Antonio Callaway is one of those seven who will not see the field on Saturday.

Next week against Northern Colorado, McElwain should have no issue dividing up snaps between the quarterbacks. That works out to be an average of.4 of a yard per carry, not exactly a recipe for success. It was Davis' only carry.

Sophomore Lamical Perine, who rushed for 421 yards last season, will move into the featured running back role.

Ball State then drove to the 30 before Isaiah sacked Riley Neal for a 17-yard loss. The Wolverines' jerseys sported blue uniform numbers and a Block M on the left shoulder, and alternating maize and blue stripes on the shoulders.


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