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Jim Harbaugh says Big Ten admits officiating mistakes in Michigan football vs. Michigan State game

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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.

On Monday, Harbaugh says that the maize and blue have in fact heard back from the Big Ten, as the conference admitted that it made some mistakes in the big rivalry game.

“Yeah, as we all expected, all saw, mistakes were made,” Harbaugh said. “That was the response. They made a mistake.”

While Harbaugh didn’t go in-depth about what mistakes there were, he was asked specifically about the reversal of MSU quarterback Payton Thorne’s fumble, which had been called on the field as a recovery by Michigan, with Aidan Hutchinson having initially been granted a touchdown for the Wolverines. But after the game, he had also spoken about the lack of a pass interference call on the penultimate drive, when on fourth-and-3, Cade McNamara’s throw to Cornelius Johnson was incomplete.

Harbaugh confirmed that one of the mistakes admitted to by the conference was, indeed, the Payton Thorne-Aidan Hutchinson play, simply noting when prodded: “Yeah (that), and others.”

Harbaugh didn’t appear enthusiastic about rehashing the Oct. 30 game with this week’s contest against Penn State upcoming, but when mentioned there were a lot of potential mistakes made by the officials, he likewise noted: “Yeah, there were!”

Of course, officiating was but one factor that played into Michigan’s loss, while many others were self-inflicted, such as the red zone offense, late turnovers, late defensive substitutions, and the defense being incapable of slowing running back Kenneth Walker III.

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