ARLINGTON, Texas —No. 11 Michigan was again too much for outmanned Florida in a 33-17 win Saturday.
No. 17 Florida opened the 2017 regular season the same way it ended the 2016 regular season, not getting much of anything on offense against a Power 5 team. Michigan is 4-0 all time against UF.
“They physically took it to us,” UF coach Jim McElwain said. “They beat us every which way you can. We never had an answer.”
Michigan outscored Florida 13-0 in the third quarter to take a 26-17 lead into the fourth quarter Saturday.
Back-to-back interception returns for touchdowns helped put Florida up at halftime 17-13 against Michigan.
— First quarter —
Wilton Speight threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Tarik Black over the top of UF’s defense to give Michigan a 10-3 lead after the first quarter.
Kicker Eddy Pineiro gave UF a 3-0 lead following the game’s first drive with a 46-yard field goal.
Michigan tied it with a field goal of its own on the ensuing possession.
— Second quarter —
Defensive back Duke Dawson returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 10-10 with 12:19 left in the first half.
Florida made it back-to-back pick-6s when true freshman cornerback CJ Henderson intercepted Speight and returned it 41 yards for the score.
Michigan converted a 55-yard field goal to come within 17-13.
The Gators had only 91 yards of offense in the first half, Michigan with 202.
Redshirt freshman UF QB Feleipe Franks, making his first start, was five of eight for 75 yards in the first half. UF’s leading rusher is freshman Malik Davis with eight yards on one carry. Tyrie Cleveland has two catches for 33 yards.
— Third quarter —
Michigan came out roaring with the second-half kickoff, going on a 10-play, 75-yard TD drive. Karan Higdon scored on a 3-yard run, as the Wolverines regained the lead.
Cleveland then fumbled the kickoff return and Michigan made the Gators pay when Quinn Nordich nailed a 30-yard field goal for a 23-17 lead with 11:05 left in the third quarter.
Nordich made the Gators pay again following another turnover, a fumble by Franks trying to scramble for a first down. Nordich nailed a 50-yarder to put Michigan up 26-17 with nine minutes remaining in the third quarter.
— Fourth quarter —
QB Malik Zaire fumbles in the end zone on a strip-sack and Michigan recovered for a touchdown.