ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A week ago, in the almost immediate aftermath of the 37-33 loss to Michigan State, Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh said that he submitted to the Big Ten that it had made some mistakes in officiating against the Wolverines in the matchup vs. the Spartans.
Harbaugh said Monday that the blue and maize have actually heard back from Big Ten. The conference acknowledged that it made mistakes in the big rivalry match.
“Yeah. As we all expected, we all saw that mistakes were made,” Harbaugh stated. That was their response. They made a mistake .”
Harbaugh did not go into detail about the mistakes made, but he was specifically asked about the reversal by MSU quarterback Payton Thone’s fumble. Aidan Hutchinson had initially been awarded a touchdown for Michigan. After the game, Harbaugh had also discussed the non-issue of a pass interference decision on the penultimate drive. On fourth-and-3, Cade McNamara failed to throw Cornelius Johnson.
Harbaugh confirmed the conference’s error in admitting that it was the Payton Thorne/Aidan Hutchinson-play. He simply said, “Yeah (that),” and other .”
Harbaugh wasn’t enthusiastic about the Oct. 30 review with this week’s match against Penn State. However, when it was mentioned that there were potential errors made by officials, he also noted: “Yeah. There were !”
Officiating was only one factor in Michigan’s loss. Many other factors were self-inflicted such as red zone offense and late turnovers. The defense was also unable to slow down Kenneth Walker III.