Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines were pummeled by Georgia 34-11 in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl.
Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett finished 20-of-30 for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns, and Georgia’s defense was flat-out dominant against the Wolverines offense. The mismatch couldn’t have been more obvious.
Jim Harbaugh spoke to the media following the Wolverines loss to the Bulldogs, and below is everything he said about the Georgia Bulldogs.
“Congratulations to Georgia. They played a heck of a game in all phases. I loved the way our guys fought. It wasn’t our best, but certainly, it was theirs (Georgia’s). They played extremely well.”
On the physicality of Michigan’s offense vs. Georgia’s defensive front
“It was a heck of a football fight tonight. They got the better end of it. I thought it was physical on both sides of the ball. Really, their execution, on the perimeter, too, was really good. They played well. Gotta give them credit for that.”
Georgia taking Michigan out of its game plan early
“Yeah, they did a very good job early in the game in the first half of extending drives. They were able to bleed out yards on the perimeter with some of the bubbles and swing routes. They hit the big play on the swing route early to Bowers. That was big. We lost the ball in the lights on the deep throw. I thought they were really effective on first down. They must have had 8 or 9 third and shorts. … We couldn’t get them out of that rhythm early. … Their game plan was good and we weren’t able to keep place.”
Matching up against Georgia one-on-one
“Yeah, I mean, the swing route to Bowers, it looked like they hit a sluggo there with their running back on our linebacker, same exact play we have in our offense, and ran it toward the end of the game there when you saw Donovan matched up on their linebacker. He ran the same exact sluggo — slant go, and were able to hit that, too. That match-up we were looking for, they got, and both teams were able to convert it.”
You can watch Harbaugh’s postgame press conference below: