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Post-Game Quotes: Iowa

Oct. 5, 2013

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Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio

Opening Statement...
This is a big team win, I felt. This game has got us sitting back for two weeks. We've been thinking about our last game, how to strengthen ourselves, re-evaluating ourselves as a football team and we came out and played. We kept talking about how you're going to have adversity here and basically have to just flood the gates. I just thought it was a great team win for our football team and we saw some outstanding things. We were tough to run the ball against, maybe that was an understatement, and we came up with two big turnovers at the right times. Just a solid team win. We just kept saying they got the momentum and we have to get it back.

On the fake punt...
It's all about timing and execution. We just felt like we had the time and that it was the right moment to do it. I just wanted our players to know that they're aggressive on the football field and sometimes coaches need to take a risk too.

On defensive adjustment...
First of all, we missed a tackle on the corner blitz. We missed a tackle and he split us. They have good players. Bullock is a good player. They split the defense and got a big play. We did a great job adjusting at halftime. Our coaches always do. It's pretty unique because we've been together for so long, that when something is broke we can adjust and we can fix it. But really it was just about us playing better in those situations.



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