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No. 5 Michigan Takes Down UCF to Move to 2-0 on the Season

The Wolverines were sloppy at times, but still were able to handle the Knights with relative ease.

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It was not always pretty, but it was a win nonetheless.

The fifth-ranked Michigan Wolverines (2-0) took down the visiting UCF Knights (1-1) by a score of 51-14 before a crowd of 109,295 in Ann Arbor on Saturday afternoon.

Wilton Speight shined in his second career start, going 25-for-37 with 312 yards and four touchdown passes. Amara Darboh had a career day with 111 yards on five catches, while Jake Butt added seven catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns.

The run game did not have its best day, however. The Wolverines finished with 41 carries for 118 yards on the afternoon (2.9 average).

Defensively, Michigan shut down the passing game of UCF, but had trouble slowing down the rushing attack that was led by the Knights’ dual-threat quarterbacks. The Wolverines also surrendered an 87-yard touchdown to Adrian Killins.

Rashan Gary had six total tackles with his first career sack and 2.5 tackles for loss. Jabrill Peppers added eight total tackles, two of which were for loss.

Special teams was the unsung hero of the day for Michigan. They blocked four UCF kicks, two of which were field goals and two punts.

Michigan returns home next Saturday to take on the Colorado Buffaloes at 3:30 p.m.

This story is developing.