Oct. 1, 2011
Final Stats |
Mark Dantonio, head coach
On the win today...
"It was a big program win for us. I thought our guys played well, especially together. We played well on special teams and defense. You have to play good defense and special teams and protect the quarterback to win. I thought we did all of those things today."
On the pace of the game..
"They have a great defense, they always have. The wind was swirling down there and it was really a factor so we knew the game was going to be back and forth. We knew we had to play well on special teams. They came up with some plays defensively, that play in the end zone was a great football play."
On the rivalry with Ohio State...
"I think this goes way back. The Michigan State-Ohio State rivalry is always good. We don't play each other often; we only get down here once every four or five years. But this is special especially if you are from Ohio like I am. It is special to all of our Ohio players. It is special to all of our players to come here and play in Ohio Stadium."
Kirk Cousins, senior quarterback
On B.J. Cunningham's touchdown...
"That was a broken play. He wasn't supposed to be anywhere near where he caught it. He was supposed to be basically standing on the sidelines and he caught it underneath the field goal post. That was improvising and it shows why he's a great player."
On Ohio State staying in the game...
"We didn't finish drives. We feel like we could have, with a few plays going our way here or there, come away with 20-plus points with the field goal. I think you have to credit Ohio State's defense for them to bend but not break. That's what good defenses do."
B.J. Cunningham, senior wide receiver
On his touchdown catch...
"I looked back and he was rolling out. I wanted to try to get open and try to make a play. He threw the ball up, trusted me, and I just went and made a play on the ball."
Jerel Worthy, junior defensive tackle
On Michigan State's defense pressuring the quarterback...
"I have to credit my defensive coaches with coming up with a good game plan. We had a lot of pressure early. Once you get into that rhythm, you realize the offensive line is on their heels a little bit, you kind of want to keep the pressure on."
On his sack...
"I was getting in a good rhythm of the game. I was being a smart defensive lineman and was able to get a good jump on the ball to make a good play."
On Ohio State's late score...
"It was a little upsetting. You work so hard that you want to come in and play the best game you can. You have to give credit. A good offensive team like that, it's hard to shut out. They made some plays down the stretch. That's a credit to Joe Bauserman, the wide receivers and the offensive line."