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ARLINGTON, Texas — Florida has 91 total yards of offense and 17 points.
And as a result of some self-inflicted mistakes, Michigan trails the Gators at the half, 17-13, at ATT Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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Here are a few halftime observations:
• The self-inflicted wounds have obviously been a killer for the Wolverines.
Wilton Speight’s first interception of the game — returned for a touchdown by Duke Dawson — was a bit high, but also a ball receiver Kekoa Crawford could’ve hauled it in. Instead, he tipped it into the air and what started as a promising drive ends with a defensive score.
On the next series, Speight threw too high to receiver Grant Perry and into the chest of C.J. Henderson, who coasted into the end zone. At that point, Florida had 46 yards and 17 points.
Having a punt blocked in the second quarter nearly led to more points.
• Whether or not Jim Harbaugh opted to simply bench Speight, who started after a competitive preseason, after the second interception or give John O’Korn reps in a previously-planned decision remains to be seen.
Either way, Michigan is playing two quarterbacks right now. Which usually means you aren’t sure who you’re going with.
Speight’s accuracy was an issue, at times, last season. The second pick-six was brutal. The first wasn’t great either. Speight’s best throw was a 46-yard touchdown to Tarik Black. O’Korn hit Black on a nice 37-yarder down the sideline, but promptly ran into a sack and then failed to scramble out of the pocket a play later — resulting in a field goal.
It’ll be interesting to see what Harbaugh does from here.
Speight is 3-for-8 for 58 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. O’Korn is 1-for-1 for 37 yards. Black has two catches for 83 yards and a score to lead all receivers.
• Michigan is really moving on defense. The front seven covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time.
At one point in the second quarter, Maurice Hurst ran from his defensive tackle spot into the slot to chase down and stop a receiver screen. Linebacker Devin Bush Jr. has a sack and defensive end Rashan Gary has gotten into the backfield. Even linebacker Devin Gil looked solid early in place of an injured Mike McCray — who is now back.
Michigan has shown a number of twists and stunts up front and Florida has had some problems picking them up. The Gators have two chunk plays: A 16-yard run on a broken play by quarterback Feleipe Franks and a 34-yard pass play over the top of cornerback Lavert Hill.
• Michigan has out-gained Florida 203-91. The interceptions have obviously been killers, but Michigan has been able to run the football a bit.
Michigan has 108 yards on 27 carries, as Chris Evans and Ty Isaac both have 52 yards on the ground. The front five — featuring Nolan Ulizio at right tackle — has been solid so far.
• The only hiccup on defense right now has been Hill, who has been beaten deep twice. One would’ve been a tough play anyway. The second, though, was on Hill — as he looked a little lost.
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