Rodriguez: Michigan hasn’t given up on season

By The Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – There’s nothing concrete to play for this season at Michigan, but coach Rich Rodriguez insisted Monday that the Wolverines will soldier on through the remaining three games.

Michigan’s shot at its 34th straight bowl trip died Saturday at Purdue, where the Wolverines (2-7, 1-4 Big Ten) dropped their fifth straight loss, 48-42, and officially fell out of the postseason sweepstakes. Another loss will leave the program with the most in the 129-year history of one of college football’s most storied programs.

Rodriguez said he was looking ahead.

“Everybody wants to talk about the past, but it’s in the past,” he said. “What are you going to do about it? There ain’t no do-overs. The future for us is Minnesota.”

Just to make sure the players, including a disappointed senior class, are on board, Rodriguez challenged them Sunday in their first meeting since the loss. He expects a full commitment to the team in the final three weeks.

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“If you show up Tuesday, I assume that you are ready to give that,” he said he told the team.

Saturday’s loss was a mixed bag for the Wolverines. The offense had a season-high scoring output, some of which was do to the frequent short fields the punt- and kick-return units left it.

Tailback Brandon Minor had a breakout game, rushing for 155 yards and a career-best three touchdowns to help take the some of the heat off quarterback Steven Threet, who threw for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

That’s where the good news ends.

The Wolverines switched to a 3-3-5 defensive scheme for Purdue’s spread offense and the results weren’t good. The Boilermakers amassed 522 total yards – the most this season against Michigan – and rushed for 256. The Wolverines are allowing just one less yard per game than last-place Indiana among Big Ten teams.