Head coach Tim Beckman met with the media at his weekly press conference on Monday. Selected quotes are below. For the full video of the press conference, please click the link above.
"Good afternoon. Just to start off, recapping a little bit of that football game on Saturday. As we all know, it was a four-quarter football game; I think we played three. I was proud of the way we played those three quarters, but in the game of football, you have to finish. We have to learn to - again as I mentioned even at the press conference after the game was over - be able to respond to plays or situations in games that we have in a positive manner, instead of letting it kind of knock us down and not enable us to play up to the way we are capable of playing. I think that's basically what happened in that fourth quarter, as we mentioned. Last night, we met as a team, practiced as a team. Our intentions are to move this program forward, learn from the past game and try to make ourselves a better football team when we step out there on the practice field tomorrow afternoon. I would like to note that Terry Hawthorne was back on the flight with us. We're all very happy and blessed, we feel, that Terry was back there with us on the plane. Everything came out exactly like we stated after the game was over, that everything was cleared, and it was good to see him with us on the plane and at practice yesterday."
What's the biggest challenge with Michigan?
"Well, Denard (Robinson) is awful special, there's no question about it. I know a lot of you were at the Big Ten conference meetings and when he got up and spoke and talked a little bit about Denard Robinson not just as a player but as a person, you could tell that that young man is a winner. I knew him back in his high school days. He's done a great job with their offense, averaging over 300 yards himself. But it's a Michigan football team. They have a very good defense, very aggressive, very active as I say when I watch them. Their special teams are again very sound in what they do. And there's a reason why they're ranked 25th in the country right now."
Defensively, how does the game plan change when preparing for Denard?
"Well, you better know where he is at all times, because he is definitely a threat to take it the distance any time he touches the football. We are in the process right now of making that game plan and know that (stopping) Denard will be a part of it, but there's also 10 other players on the football team. That's the thing about the game of football, you better be able to defend it all. Denard is a big part of that offensively, what you have to defend."
What were the defensive breakdowns in the fourth quarter of the Wisconsin game?
"Of course, the long pass, the aggressiveness of our safeties and overcompensating, I guess you'd say, of what they were trying to do. Instead of doing their responsibility and doing their job, they got caught off the play-action and we got beat deep on those. And then I think the power running game that they ran at the end of the football game, we were just not fitting properly, spilling the ball when the ball need to be spilled. I think the problem that this football team deals with, that we're getting corrected and that they're understanding is that we are trying to over-do things at times, instead of just doing what your supposed to do. And if you do what you're supposed to do, that will take care of defending that play. I think defensively, if you look at the fourth quarter, there (were) a couple of plays that we tried to over-do what we where doing as a defense and that ended up costing us."
Do you feel better about fighting against the snowball effect after seeing how the team played the first three quarters?
"First of all, I would like to say that the seniors challenged this football team. And we didn't finish that challenge, but I was happy to see that this football team responded to a challenge of playing. Now we we've got to finish. And that's the name of this game right now is finishing. This has been the problem, not just this year but for the last couple of years. That's what we have to address and it has to be changed. We need to be able to make this adjustment and move forward."
What was it like to get wide receiver Darius Millines back on the field Saturday?
"It was awesome. Again, I guess I treat this sometimes a little bit like a father. I mean your son's been down, my son's been down from Urbana (High School, where he is a quarterback) and he finally gets to play this week, so I felt the same way about Darius. I felt the same way when Terry Hawthorne went down. I ran to that kid, I was in that position. I remember being carted off the football field in an ambulance, so I know exactly what he was feeling. That's my job. To see Darius back and to see all of our guys getting back to being 100 percent, that's what you do this for. Having Darius back was huge for us, we got another guy out there that we can get the football to."