FSU defensive back Marquez White shares the same sentiments as Jim Harbaugh regarding Big Ten officiating during The Game.
Jim Harbaugh isn’t the only one who thinks the refs botched the fourth-down spot in the Michigan-Ohio State game. Florida State defensive back Marquez White, who is prepping to face Harbaugh and the Wolverines in the upcoming Orange Bowl on December 30, also believes Michigan was “cheated” in The Game.
“Personally, I think they got cheated out of the Playoff,” White said during Tuesday’s Orange Bowl press conference.
Harbaugh infamously laid into the officiating crew following the loss, and Michigan was later fined for his comments.
“It wasn’t a first down, by that much,” Harbaugh said, holding up his hands to indicate the distance he felt quarterback J.T. Barrett was short in double-overtime. “I’m bitterly disappointed with the officiating today.”
He was also critical of several other plays in the game.
“The graphic display is the interference penalties,” Harbaugh said following the game. “One not called (for) us on (Michigan wide receiver) Grant Perry – clearly he was being hooked before the ball got there. And the previous play they called on (Michigan defensive back) Delano Hill, the ball was uncatchable and (past) the receiver. So, I’m bitterly disappointed.”
In the end, Michigan didn’t get the job done. The Buckeyes scored on the very next play following the fourth-down conversion, handing the Wolverines their second loss of the season and effectively eliminating them from the Playoff.
While it may not be the ultimate goal Michigan set out to achieve, the Wolverines did take a step forward this year by earning a New Year’s Six bowl in Harbaugh’s second season. Under his watch, Michigan is once again a national player and will have a chance to impress the nation against one of the better programs of late in Florida State.