Leading up to Saturday's Fiesta Bowl against TCU, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said he told his players to play hard, play fast, and not to worry. Well, there is no question about it that the Wolverines gave it their all for the full 60 minutes, but it was not enough as a few key plays, including two pick-sixes thrown by J.J. McCarthy and a goal-line fumble, were just too much for them to overcome as the Horned Frogs escaped with a 51-45 win.
What did Jim Harbaugh say to the Michigan players?
Following the game, Harbaugh spoke to reporters and he was asked about what he told the Michigan players in the locker room after their tough defeat.
“I’m really, really proud of them, really proud of the fight,” Harbaugh said. “They have been a locker room of heroes the entire season. And as I stand in front of them, that’s who they are. That’s what they are. I was super proud of them. That’s why you don’t — never give up. Never give in, never let up. Just keep playing, keep playing the game one play at a time. And I’m sure there’s a lot of analogies to life with that. But they’re real. And our team continues to do that, done it all year. And did it right up until to the end and great season that ends one week early.”
Unfortunately, Michigan will not be playing in the College Football National Championship Game on Jan. 9, but that does not mean it was not a successful season as they finished with a 13-1 record.