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Wisconsin 37, Michigan State 34
 
 
 

 

 
 

Sept. 29, 2007

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Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio

Opening Comments
All and all guys, it's a game of inches. Depending on one play out there, this way or that way, and we had a chance to win the football game. I'm very proud of our players. They battled back and played well in front of a tough crowd. I've been up here four times as an assistant coach in the last 10 years. It's a tough environment to play in and it's fun; fun for our guys. They competed and we're a little heartbroken but not too bad. We'll move the process forward. I've said it before; we need proof to see where we are at as a football team. We were looking for proof in terms of how we would respond up here in Wisconsin, how we would play in a tough environment against the No.9-ranked team. I wish we would've made a couple of plays here and there, anywhere in the game but I thought that our guys came to play.

On Wisconsin's offense ...
You have to give a lot of credit to Wisconsin. (P.J.) Hill's a load. Lance Smith is a very good back and their offensive line did a nice job. They did a nice job of getting away from our pressure. They made a couple of catches.

On Michigan State bouncing back ...
We'll get back on the right track. I just want to emphasize that football is a game of inches. Look at what happened to Iowa in the Indiana game. You better be prepared to play anywhere in the Big Ten.

On Michigan State's 3rd-and-6 on its last drive ...
It was supposed to be a screen on that one, but they had it covered so he {QB Brian Hoyer} broke it off.

On Michigan State's missed field goal late in the 4th quarter ...
Brett (Swenson) had been pretty good all day. He made them in practice. We had the wind. I felt he was good from 48 yards out in pre-game.

Wisconsin Head Coach Bret Bielema

Opening Comments ...
It was another example of a four-quarter game. Playing in the Big Ten, you've got to be able to do those type of things. We didn't do everything right to get things done towards the end of the game. We've got to clean up some things on our offense, defense and special teams. We knew coming in to today that (Michigan State) was a good football team and for us to be able to pull of the win speaks volumes of their character and what they're able to do in fourth-quarter games.

On the defense making the big plays ...
Actually, it's the plays that we didn't make that concern me. I expect to set my guys up to succeed and with Coach Dantonio's and mine background, I didn't expect to see 1,000 total yards of offense out there today.
I knew it was going to be an unusual day because this morning when I got up, I realized I forgot to pack my socks and was going sock-less through pre-game warm-ups.

On why Wisconsin was able to hold on to the win ...
I think they're leaders first and they never stop believing, so I give them all the credit in the world. I think we have a great conditioning staff, John Dettman and his group do a tremendous job. As a head coach, everyday at the start of practice, I go over to them and ask Det what the pulse of our guys are and what we should do to help them fully recover from any injuries.

On what he thought would be the outcome of the game ...
I knew that MSU was a good football team and they play hard. I thought the best chance that we had (to win) would be to come out strong in the third quarter and kind of separate ourselves. I think the interception really helped change the pace of the game and helped us go into the fourth quarter battle.

On Jack Ikegwuonuv ...
Jack called in sick today. In grade school, mom gave you a note that cleared you for the day, but there are no notes on college football Saturday. This morning when he woke up, he just didn't feel good. He went through warm ups and was just out of it. I don't know if it's the flu or what, but he couldn't go today. He tried to (warm up) but just couldn't do it.

 

 

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