Today's announced crowd of 108,421 is the 209th consecutive game welcoming more than 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.
Seniors Sean Griffin, Tim Jamison, Mike Massey and Morgan Trent served as game captains in the season opener.
Former All-Americans Bob Chappuis (1942, 1946-47), Ron Kramer (1954-56) and Reggie McKenzie (1969-71) represented the Wolverines as honorary alumni game captains against Utah.
Despite the loss, Michigan holds an impressive 106-20-3 record in season openers, with a 90-15-2 record at home.
U-M is now 1-1 all-time against Utah. The teams previously met in 2002, when the Wolverines won 10-7 in Michigan Stadium.
The defeat snapped head coach Rich Rodriguez's 10-game winning streak in non-conference games. His last loss was against Virginia Tech in 2005.
After previously taking only four career snaps, sophomore quarterback Nick Sheridan started at the helm of the Wolverine offense and completed a team-high 11-of-19 passes for 98 yards and one touchdown.
Sheridan found freshman Michael Shaw for a nine-yard score in the first quarter, recording the first career touchdown for both players.
Sheridan completed the first two passes of his career on the opening drive to freshmen Martavious Odoms and Sam McGuffie, marking both receivers' first career receptions.
Freshman quarterback Steven Threet took his first collegiate snap in the third quarter. Threet connected on 8-of-19 passes for 69 yards and one touchdown.
Threet and sophomore wide receiver Junior Hemingway collaborated on a 33-yard touchdown pass to record both players' first career score at 8:42 of the fourth quarter.
Threet completed his first pass -- one of three consecutive completions -- to freshman wide receiver Darryl Stonum. The five-yard reception was the first of Stonum's career.
Leading the Wolverine defense, sophomore linebacker Obi Ezeh recorded a career- and game-high 15 tackles, in addition to recording his second career interception and a career-long 18-yard return. He was named ABC's Michigan player of the game.
Freshman running back Sam McGuffie's three-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter was the first of his career.
Junior running back Carlos Brown's first offensive play of the game came as a quarterback.
Utah's 22 points in the first half were the most scored in one half by a Michigan opponent since Ohio State scored 28 in 2006 (Nov. 18).
Utah field goal kicker Louie Sakoda's four field goals (28, 43, 41, 53) were the most converted against Michigan since Northwestern during the 2000 season (Nov. 4).
Seven Wolverines made their first starts today, including senior linebacker Austin Panter, junior offensive lineman David Moosman, sophomores linebacker Marrell Evans and quarterback Nick Sheridan, and freshman running back Sam McGuffie, offensive lineman David Molk, wide receiver Martavious Odoms and wide receiver Darryl Stonum.
Fifth-year senior K.C. Lopata's career-long 50-yard field goal was U-M's first conversion of at least 50 yards since November 3, 2001.
Stonum's 24-yard kick return in the second quarter was the first of his career.
Contributing on special teams, junior Tim North and freshman Michael Williams had their first career forced fumble and freshman Kevin Leach recorded his first career fumble recovery.
Fifteen U-M players made their collegiate debuts today: center David Molk, receiver Martavious Odoms, receiver Darryl Stonum, quarterback Steve Threet, running backs Sam McGuffie and Michael Shaw, defensive tackle Max Martin, defensive end Ryan Van Bergen, safety Mike Williams, cornerback Boubacar Cissoko, and Kevin Leach, J.B.Fitzgerald, Brandon Herron, Mike Therman and Jordan Reilly on special teams.