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Michigan State 52, Eastern Michigan 20
 
 
 

 

 
 

Sept. 9, 2006

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Michigan State head coach John L. Smith:
Opening Statement
"Well, it was a roller coaster ride, I felt like we were at Cedar Point. I was proud of our kids, after getting their tails chewed a bit at halftime, they responded and played a very good second half. We actually started off decently - if you take away the interception - we started off decently on the defensive side of the ball and with the exception of two plays defensively we played good. We just fell asleep, got a little bit complacent, a little bit lax, and that's not good, we have to correct those things. Overall, I'm proud of our team, we played pretty darn good. Everybody got to play and that was a positive for us. It was good to see because we're going to need those guys to get a lot more time."

"Now we have to get ready for Pitt so this is going to be one that you are not going to celebrate much. Think about it tonight; watch the film in the morning and get on to Pitt."

On his halftime speech
"It wasn't anything magic. It was a lot of words that you can't say in this room."

On the status of Javon Ringer and Jehuu Caulcrick
"Ringer has a sore ankle right now. The trainers are going to take a look at it and we're going to have to wait and see exactly what it is but it's nothing but a sprain, hopefully, and he'll be back ready to go."

"Caulcrick should be ready to go, he could have played today but you don't want to take any chances. It was a sprained foot, I think it was. It was good to see A.J. (Jimmerson) come in and get some snaps."

Eastern Michigan Head Coach Jeff Genyk:
"We got in position a couple of times in second and long, or third and long, and we didn't find a way to make the play. Michigan State's ability to execute and make plays is something we need to find a way to answer."

 

 

On Matt Trannon...
"All of those passes that he caught were a lot of short passes and not really significant passes. But if you've been out on the field, you know that he is probably 6'8" with a helmet on, and he's a basketball player so he's got that advantage."

On the momentum at the end of the first half...
"I just think we executed. We executed a trick play and it gave us a lot of confidence, so it's just a matter of executing on offense."

On the second-half kick-off...
"A touchdown there would have been significant. More importantly what we needed to do was make some plays and keep some drives alive. They were the fifth-ranked offense in America last year."

On local players Andy Schmitt and Jacob Wyatt...
"Obviously Andy will be back here in 2008 and I think you'll see an extremely refined quarterback. He'll have a few years to develop his game and his size. Jacob's first play of the game, I couldn't have written a better script if he would have stayed at that speed he would've scored. I think Jacob played extremely well."

On using tape from last year's Northwestern game to prepare...
"We studied it extensively, trying to figure out if Michigan State would run a similar type of defense."

On the trick play that was ran...
"It was in the game plan. I think those type of things are very effective, and it helps having an experienced player like Travis (Lewis) to run those type of routes."

MICHIGAN STATE PLAYERS

Drew Stanton, Sr., QB
On the halftime adjustments...
"I was really happy with the way we came out and played the second half. We didn't do exactly what we wanted to on offense (in the first half), but we put up some points and Eastern Michigan got back into the game on some trick plays. In the second half, I think we came out and set the tone. The defense did a good job of holding Eastern Michigan to a field goal, and when our offense was on the field, we felt comfortable with everything we were seeing and trying to do."

On the offensive output...
"We script the first eight plays, and after that we try to get a feel of what's working. They were playing soft coverage along the boundary, and it's something we kept taking advantage of. They didn't make many adjustments, and we had answers if they made those adjustments. That's the nice thing about this offense. Matt (Trannon) was able to get a few big plays, and obviously make big plays himself, which definitely helped us out a lot."

On the play of Matt Trannon...
"There were definitely some holes out there, and Matt (Trannon) was obviously able to take advantage of them. That's a testament to what the offensive line is doing, giving us the time to put the ball down field, Matt then just made the plays."

Matt Trannon, Sr., WR
Opening statement...
"We tried to execute after the mishap at the end of the first half, and in the second half we came out and make some plays. We know we could have done better in the first half. They ran a couple trick plays, but we knew what we had to do in the second half to put a stop to the madness and get the job done."

On his comfort level with Drew Stanton...
"We've always been very comfortable with each other. We have a great offense and distribute the ball well. It's not just me making plays, it's all 11 of us. It's the offensive line, Drew making passes, and everyone blocking and running the right routes."

On the team's confidence level...
"We have a little more confidence, but we still have kinks to work out. We're going to work on a new scheme and work out the kinks in our offense. We took another step forward and we're more comfortable, but we've still got more work to do."

Clifton Ryan, DT, Sr.
On Eastern Michigan...
"We gave them some opportunities with some missed assignments and confusion and they certainly took advantage of it with those two quick touchdowns. We'd like those few minutes back, but it's all part of the game and we learned from it as a team."

On upcoming games...
"We are really getting into the meat of our schedule next week at Pittsburgh, which is a tough place to play, and then home against Notre Dame. We are going to do fine, we just have to get better every day and that starts tomorrow. We need to cut out the mental mistakes and play our game defensively."

On improvement...
"We just need to take it day by day. This week we were better than last week, and next week we will be better than this week. Every game you just have to find the positives and build on them."

A.J. Jimmerson, RB, R-Fr.
On his touchdown catch...
"Matt (Trannon) made a good throw. The play wasn't designed to go to me, but he just saw me open and took advantage of it."

On his role for MSU...
"With Javon (Ringer) and Jehuu (Caulcrick) banged up coach had to count on me to step up. I don't mind being in that situation, I want to show everybody that I can play. I will take the ball any way I can get it, whether it is running or receiving. I take pride in being a versatile back who can do a little bit of everything. I didn't expect my first few touchdowns to be receiving, but that's just the way it worked out."

EASTERN MICHIGAN PLAYER QUOTES
Eastern Michigan Sr. WR Eric Deslauriers

On the atmosphere in the locker room at halftime...
"It was a good feeling, but I think that I was more upset than anything else, seeing people smile. I don't think that people realized going into halftime being down by just seven doesn't mean anything. As you can see, the score exploded in the second half."

On not scoring a touchdown after the special teams recovered a fumble...
"It was really disappointing, but it was good to get a little bit of momentum on our side after halftime. Just getting three points was positive. Of course it would have been better to score a touchdown, but we'll take the three."

On his touchdown catch and quarterback Tyler Jones...
"I worked a little bit harder than I thought. I mean, he's gotten a lot better through summer. Just through training camp and everything, he's gotten a lot better at throwing those kinds of balls. He's grown a lot as being a tough kid."

On taking advantage of an over-aggressive defense...
"I think that they were just as aggressive in the first half as they were in the second. I think that they might have brought some more blitzes in the second half. When they scored two touchdowns right off the bat in the third, we had to open up our playbook a little bit and do certain things in order to throw the ball a little deeper."

Eastern Michigan So. DB Jacob Wyatt

On his interception to open the game...
"It was a nice welcome home. I mean I was just doing my job."

On coming back to East Lansing...
"It was fun, I grew up down the road, just miles from here. It was nice."

On not being able to make a stop on third down...
"It's always frustrating when you work hard to get to third down, but we're on scholarship and so are they, and we make plays and so do they."

On Matt Trannon...
"He just made plays. He was catching the ball, getting up the field, just doing his job."

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