A controversial non-call late in the Illinois vs. Michigan (11-0) game drew coach Bret Bielema on social media after Saturday’s 19-17 loss on the road.
Questionable play occurred on fourth and third with less than a minute left in the game as Wolverines quarterback JJ McCarthy completed a pass to linebacker Isaiah Gash for a crucial eight-yard gain. The pivotal moment appeared to be made possible by potential offensive tackle on tight end Colston Loveland, a missed call that helped set up an eventual final. The game-winning Jake Moody field goal.
After the game, Bielema, who also expressed his frustration during his briefing session with reporters, disqualified the umpires for the play on Twitter after a fan questioned why Loveland was not tagged for interfering in what appeared to be an illegal pick game. .
“To all the #ILL players and coaches and especially to our fans…. We will be working practically all week to defend this play especially in the 4 down #famILLy,” Bielema chirp.
The tweet came shortly after a fiery post-match press conference in which Bielema said he was “very angry” about what happened and how the match ended for his players.
‘Very angry.’ said Bielema, very upset, Per 247 sports. “I think our kids did a lot to win the football game and to keep things going against us constantly, it’s very frustrating. You have to stand up for the people you believe in. I believe in having a great time in that locker room. I know they will rise to the challenge again.”
In addition to failing to pull off a massive upset, a tough Saturday at the Fighting Illini in Ann Arbor also saw Bielema raise several issues with the referees during the bout. During his half-time interview, Bielema ran off the referee, say His team had to “beat 110,000 and a few others”. A halftime report later revealed that Bielema and Illinois were upset after that Some confusion led to their late return to the field.
With Saturday’s rough outing in the rearview mirror, Bielema will have to refocus his team on next Saturday’s road meeting with Northwestern to finish the season.
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