Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh discusses 'unfortunate mistake' to lose game

Jim Harbaugh talked about the special teams blunder that cost Michigan a chance at victory against in-state rival Michigan State.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- There's not much to say after a debilatating loss Michigan suffered against Michigan State on Saturday. That is especially the case after the game in the press room where you could hear a pin drop and all enthusiasm U-M held dearly was lost in a matter of an instant. The Spartans would come out victorious 27-23.

That instant, of course, was a botched snap by U-M punter Blake O'Neill which was ran back for a touchdown to steal victory from its grasp.

"The snap was low just below the knees and he didn't field it cleanly," Harbaugh said. "He bobbled it again, kind of kicked it a little bit. Looked like he was trying to kick it when he was in traffic. You saw it, was that about the way you saw it? Very unfortunate."

Despite the events being unfortunate, U-M must rebound and move on quickly.

For O'Neill, however, this one will haunt him for a very long, perhaps even the rest of his life. Harbaugh spoke with him about the snap after the game and both sides admitted unfortunate mistakes were made.

"I talked to him and he said after he bobbled it he still thought he could get the ball kicked," Harbaugh said. "That was a mistake, a mistake was made. Mistakes were made. Mistakes were that he didn't field it cleanly and he bobbled it a few times, he should've just fell on it. Mistakes were made, very unfortunate."

Despite losing to a rival, there is still plenty of season left to be played for the team. The team was in a position to win but just couldn't seal the deal. Harbaugh said the team will move on from this, somehow or someway, they will find a way to do it.

"They played their guts out and played winning football," Harbaugh said. "They overcame so much and we messed up the play at the end. We have resolve, put steel in the spine and we move forward."

With a bye week coming up, this loss will have to simmer a little longer until U-M plays Minnesota on Halloween.

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