Utah 24, Michigan 17

The beginning of the Jim Harbaugh era started off on a sour note Thursday night as the Wolverines offensive mistakes hurt them in a 24-17 loss to the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City.

The Michigan defense played a solid game holding the Utes offense early, but the Michigan offense that came in with multiple question marks across the board ended the game with the same question marks.

Graduate transfer Jake Rudock was given the start, and struggled from the beginning. Rudock threw three interceptions, including a pick-6 midway through the fourth quarter while the Wolverines were only down a touchdown.

Rudock finished the game 27 of 43 passing for 279 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions.

The Wolverines struggled to find reliable pass catchers outside of Jake Butt and Amarah Darboh. Butt finished the game with eight receptions for 93 yards, and a touchdown. Darboh also had eight receptions, for 101 yards, and a touchdown.

The Wolverines struggled mightily to run the ball, as the offensive line had virtually no push on the Utes front four. De'Veon Smith led the way rushing 17 times for 47 yards. Ty Isaac and Derrick Green each had carries for the Wolverines as well.

Jeremy Clark had the lone turnover forced by the Wolverine defense, he intercepted Utah quarterback Travis Wilson as the first half ended on a hail mary pass.

The Wolverines will take on the Oregon State Beavers next week in their home opener.

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