Monday October 6th, 2014

Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison blames himself for the Wolverines' 26-24 loss at Rutgers on Saturday.

Michigan was outgained 476-336 as Scarlet Knights quarterback Gary Nova threw for a career-high 404 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

From the Detroit Free Press:

"We had the game won, bottom line," Mattison said of the offense's 24-point performance. "If you're a great defense, you do what you have to do in that game to stop them and you win. It may not be pretty, but you win. I agree with you, our offense did a good enough job to win that football game, and it was up to us to have stopped them at that time, and we didn't. That's on me."

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The loss, which dropped Michigan's record to 2-4 (0-2 Big Ten), comes amid rampant speculation over head coach Brady Hoke's job status.

It also marked Rutgers' first conference win as a member of the Big Ten.

The Wolverines host Penn State (4-1) on Saturday.


- Chris Johnson

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