Football

Redshirt junior wide receiver Amara Darboh warms up before Thursday's game against Utah.

The stickers are used to reward good effort and promote friendly competition among teammates.

Junior tight end Jake Butt's catch for a touchdown in the third quarter Thursday.

Jake Butt caught eight passes for 93 yards, but Michigan lost the turnover battle in the loss.

Redshirt junior defensive end Chris Wormley takes down Utah running back Devontae Booker last Thursday in Salt Lake City.

Michigan was slow to start, but that was to be expected of a team that sputtered to a 5-7 mark last season.

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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.