Skip to main content

Michigan Coach Has Brutally Honest Quote About Ohio State Game

jim harbaugh talks to his players before the ohio state game

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

It's been a month since Michigan lost to Ohio State in historic fashion, falling out of the Big Ten title and College Football Playoff races in the process. Ahead of the Wolverines' game against Florida in the upcoming Peach Bowl, defensive coordinator Don Brown was brutally honest about the team's performance in the game.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Brown declared that the Wolverines had "an outstanding year and a terrible week" leading up to the Ohio State game. He added that he didn't want the players to dwell on the game for fear it might distract from preparations against Florida.

Per the Detroit Free Press:

"We really had an outstanding year and a terrible week," Brown said. "If you let it linger, then it can impact performance moving forward against a really good Florida team.

"So we've got to move on. ... (It was a) tough deal. Man up. Move on."

Michigan lost the game, 62-39, allowing more points than any edition of The Game in the rivalry's history.

Brown pointed to incredible performances by Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins and WR Parris Campbell as huge contributors to the loss.

"I thought Haskins was as good as advertised and I thought he was really good that day. Parris Campbell, he did not play very well against us the year before. He played probably his best game, he was certainly a challenge for us," Brown said. "And then we blow the jet sweep, we blow the eagle coverage post down the pipe. Those are the things that kind of leave a bad taste in your mouth.

"But like I said, correct and move on. ... That game's not looked upon lightly. It's not like 'oh, it's OK, let's move on.' I think everybody feels it."

Haskins had 396 passing yards and six touchdowns through the air. Campbell, who had previously been held to three receptions for 12 yards in two previous games against Michigan, exploded for a career-high 192 receiving yards.

Michigan is set to end its season on Saturday against Florida. Kickoff is set for noon E.T. on ESPN.

[Detroit Free-Press]