Running back Devontae Booker had 124 combined yards and a touchdown and Utah spoiled Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan coaching debut, beating the Wolverines 24-17 on Thursday night in Salt Lake City.
The Utes took a 24-10 lead on Justin Thomas’ 55-yard interception return for a touchdown with 7:58 left in the fourth quarter in the opener for both teams.
Harbaugh faced many of the same issues the Wolverines had under former coach Brady Hoke.
Quarterback Jake Rudock beat out Shane Morris for the start and the Iowa transfer had a reputation for limiting turnovers. Rudock promptly threw three against Utah, and finished 27 for 43 for 279 yards and two touchdowns. Michigan was held to 355 total yards, gaining only 76 on the ground.
Booker overcame a slow start to have a team-high seven catches for 55 yards and added 69 yards rushing. Travis Wilson threw for 208 yards and ran for 53 yards and a touchdown.
(2) TCU 23, Minnesota 17: Trevone Boykin threw for 246 yards and a touchdown and ran for 92 yards and another score to help the Horned Frogs defeat the Golden Gophers in Minneapolis.
Boykin started his Heisman push by completing 26 of 42 passes. But he also threw an interception and the Horned Frogs had a difficult time getting their frenetic offense rolling against Minnesota’s determined defense. Their 23 points were their fewest scored since Nov. 9, 2013.
(16) Georgia Tech 69, Alcorn State 6: Freshman Marcus Marshall ran for 184 yards and two long touchdowns in his college debut, Patrick Skov scored three TDs in his first game at Georgia Tech, and Yellow Jackets romped past Alcorn State in Atlanta.
(22) Arizona 42, Texas-San Antonio 32: Anu Solomon threw four touchdown passes to help the Wildcats beat UTSA in Tucson, but Arizona suffered a big blow when All-America linebacker Scooby Wright went out early with a left knee injury.
South Carolina 17, North Carolina 13: Shon Carson ran for 75 yards and a touchdown, linebacker Skai Moore intercepted two passes in the end zone and South Carolina defeated border-state rival North Carolina in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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