Post-Game Quotes: Indiana
Oct. 6, 2012
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio:
"We are 4-2, but that first half is something that you don't forget. I thought at halftime the players refocused and did a great job setting the tone in the locker room for themselves and started rallying back. We came out the second half and we only got a field goal the first series, but we started playing much better. We played much better on defense, and offensively we played extremely well. In the fourth quarter, I felt throwing the ball in the last six minutes was key in the game. And then obviously it's great to see Aaron Burbridge and the catches he made and then it was great to see Bennie Fowler with a big catch."
On lack of first quarter execution...
"We talked all week about having to play. It's not easy, but everyday you have to come ready to play. I always think our focus is there and I always think we have good practices. I felt really good yesterday and really good this morning, but we came out in the first quarter and didn't play well. They made plays though. I knew all week long that one thing I knew about Indiana was that they were going to throw the ball up and their guys were going to go up and play the football."
On how Indiana played and the end result...
"They did a great job in terms of recognizing and really executing their philosophy. We didn't run the ball effectively. We didn't throw the ball very effectively either. Again though, the end result is that we win the football game. The end result is that we played well down the stretch. Maybe more impressively than anything is the way we came back and the way we played and to me that sends messages to people. Just keep playing and good things will happen. We have done something here once before and we can do it again."