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Transfer quarterback Jake Rudock's three interceptions, including a devastating fourth-quarter pick-six, foiled the Wolverines' comeback efforts.

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh watches his offense during the third quarter of Thursday's game against Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY — Sorry folks, summer’s over.

The return to school is a tough time for everyone, and the Michigan football team is no exception.

Utah junior defensive back Cory Butler-Byrd tackles Michigan junior Jake Butt.

The Wolverines' "submarine" mentality throughout fall camp didn't prevent the Utes from preparing for them.

Fifth-year senior quarterback Jake Rudock walks off the field after Michigan's 24-17 loss.

Rudock finished 27-for-43 with 297 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

 Michigan fans arrive in Utah from Canada.

Ross Mitton, a 62-year-old financial adviser, bought an ambulance, decorated it and drove it 26 hours from Canada to Salt Lake City.

Michigan fans watch Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh's first game as head coach at Scorekeepers Bar in Ann Arbor on Thursday.

The bar was standing-room only 30 minutes before the Michigan football team’s 8:30 p.m. kickoff at Utah. The reason? Jim Harbaugh.

University President Mark Schlissel (second left) poses with Michigan fans.

Schlissel attended the Alumni Association tailgate before heading across the street for Michigan's opener at Utah.

Utah's Kendal Thompson carries the ball during the Michigan-Utah game in 2014.

Much has been made in the last eight months of the Michigan football team’s debut with Jim Harbaugh at the helm. What hasn’t been talked about as much is the Wolverines’ opponent in Thursday’s opener. Utah finished 9-4 last season, including a 26-10 drubbing of the Wolverines in Ann Arbor.

Junior tight end Jake Butt could be a focal point of Michigan's offense this season.

The Daily breaks down the 2015 Michigan football team, position by position, ahead of its season opener at Utah on Thursday.

Fifth-year senior Jake Rudock speaks with the media last Friday.

If it was an odd sight to see mostly red in the stands last year, it won’t be this year. A sellout red-clad crowd is expected for the highly anticipated rematch Thursday in Salt Lake City.

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