Post-Game Quotes: Indiana
 
 
 

 

 
 

Oct. 12, 2013

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Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio

Opening statement...
I thought our football team came out to play today, which is always expected of them. We sort of characterized this game as an iron man lift. If you know anything about Spartan football, we have iron man lifts for our younger players at 5:30 a.m. Everybody in our football program has to go through that. We felt like that's what it was going to be - you are going to be challenged, you were going to have adversity, you're going to be pushed to the brink.

Offensively, we felt like we had to control the tempo of the game and had to definitely win the field position and had to take the air out of the ball some, which I felt like we did. Defensively, we were going to have to get back home and line up. I heard Coach Narduzzi talking about that, lining up, staying squared away and playing. I thought we played very well defensively. We gave up the first one and you're going to have to respond, like I said. You're going to have to handle adversity. Then we gave up two more after sudden changes, which really shouldn't have happened. But you deal with it, it's part of coaching. I thought our defense played well.

I give a lot of credit to our offense in terms of what they were able to do running the football. There were some big plays on the passing game. You had some explosive plays and different guys making plays. I felt like Langford would hit it, if he got a crease, he could take it the distance. He's got great speed and you saw that happen. But also, you saw R.J. Shelton accelerate. You saw Delton Williams getting the ball. So we've got different guys making plays and that's what's exciting to me. Josiah Price with the big catch on third and long. Again, different guys and young players sort of transitioning into playmakers for us. That's the thing that I felt like would happen. Connor Cook plays another solid game. I think he's (22-for-31) for 235 yards. So good things are happening. Special teams were solid. Sadler had a big kick and huge punts. Special teams played well. I think overall it's a good team win for us. We're 5-1 and we can set the tone for the next phase. We're halfway through the season. Now we start playing for things.

On message of opportunities for younger guys...
We've always tried to do that. In certain times, there are going to be opportunities because of need or because of depth. We have three good tailbacks - Langford, Delton Williams and Nick Hill. We're always going to ride the hot guy. That's what ends up happening sometimes. So you saw Delton and Jeremy get the majority of the carries there certainly. But Nick Hill is a quality back as well, so we feel good about him. I think it goes for all of our wide receivers. Lippett has a big day. Obviously, Bennie Fowler had a huge touchdown run after a catch. We can continue to get better, that's the exciting thing. We're focused. I think we're focused as a football team. Our guys are hungry and it was great to get a win at Spartan Stadium on the 500th football game.

On Macgarrett King's maturity of on offense...
I think so. He's a playmaker. He's a very confident guy. We've got guys like that. A.J. Sims is very much like that. We've got guys being selfless out there and we just want to play to win. That's the basic mentality of our football team right now. I thought it was tremendous we scored when we were in the red zone today. We also got explosive plays and we finished. You have to make the play and be able to finish.

On carryover from last week's win at Iowa...
I just feel like the more you do, the more confident you become. Confidence breeds success. I've said that all along. If you're not being successful, you're going to start having some self doubt. But if you are successful, confidence is going to grow. Especially in a young player where there's a large learning curve. Connor Cook has a large learning curve because he's playing for the third or fourth time. Macgarrett Kings or Delton Williams and R.J. Shelton and Josiah Price; it's just good for confidence. That's four names right off the bat that are very young players, playing as either a redshirt freshman, true freshman or redshirt sophomore in Connor Cook's case. They're making plays. Those are good things. We have to build on those things. We've got to keep coaching and we've got to get ready for Purdue. We cannot back off or slack off. We've got to get ready to get win number six.

On whether this was the offense he was imagining at beginning of season...
I came into the season knowing we were going to have to do some different things. We were going to have to have some change, have to have a little bit of an evolution and transition to these things. Sometimes, change takes some time. You have to be able to stay the course a little bit and understand some of the problems you're going to have, whether it's a young player or whatever the case. You just keep trying to push though. We've tried to stay positive with our guys and kept saying, `when it does turn, it's going to turn in a big way.' I think today was an indication of that. Are we a finished product? I don't think we're a finished product yet. There were too many penalties that were unforced. We get off the field on third down and we have a penalty. Too many penalties or unforced penalties, we have to clean those up. Our guys are going to play aggressive, but we can tolerate that; it will hurt us in the end.

On growing `swagger' of Connor Cook...
I think he's growing. Like I said, there's a big learning curve. There always is for a young player. But he can make plays. He's got a good arm. I think he's finding his receivers. He throws a very catchable ball. He's growing in confidence.

On winning games at home...
We talk about that. We had a lot of close games last year that went down to the end and we lost them at home, other than the Notre Dame game. But prior to that for two years, we hadn't lost. So the basic thought process is that we're going to win in this stadium. That wasn't ever taken away from us. Other than the Notre Dame game, I thought we ran out of time on those games last season. But a loss is a loss. You have to deal with it. We were resilient and we kept playing. The farther we go, the more our crowd comes, the more it becomes a community-type thing, and when I say community, I mean the state of Michigan, the better it is going to become. I was impressed with the crowd today and impressed with our students. I like the Iron Man song being played out there a little bit. Things went well.

On rhythm of Connor Cook...
I thought he had rhythm, but again, I always think you can get better. I think he can take his game to the next level. I really do believe he could be a 100-yard rusher. I really believe that. I believe he can run with the football when given the opportunity, he can create and can make some big ones. He's going to still grow in that area. I think he's got good touch. The one pass that was picked was off a tip and almost a great grab by Aaron Burbridge. But you have to deal with it. I thought he played pretty well. He hit the big plays, he hit the plays on third down and long. I think he took one sack. It was a great performance by him and a very solid winning performance by him. Is it a Big Ten Championship performance? We're going to see as we go.

On biggest improvements in running game...
My thoughts are that our offensive line is gelling. We've got good players there and we also have some depth there and are staying healthy. We've got some different types of runners. We've got the banger a little bit in Delton Williams. He had stepped in there for some tough yards and broke a couple. Then you have Jeremy Langford who is a little more of a slasher. Nick Hill is a very quick north-south runner when he has an opportunity. We just have different variances in there and they're getting more experience. Again, I talk about Le'Veon Bell who had 390 carries last year. These guys weren't playing much. So there is transition, there is opportunity now, but they've got to gain confidence as they go and this is a big confidence booster for these players.

On putting Delton Williams back into the game after the fumble...
I have confidence in our players and the worst thing you can do to a player when he has a problem is to take him out and yank him. If he does it over a period of time, you're going to have to change. But I have to stay with him and have confidence in your players because it's so important for them to have confidence. I asked Delton, `what's up?' He said something about a wrist band, he took it off and we got him back in there. He's a physical runner. He's got a little bit of Le'Veon Bell in the midst of the line vision, quick-cutting ability and that's something that we can use.

On the evolution of Tony Lippett over past few weeks...
Tony has had a great two weeks. He's playing much more confidently and I think the theme here is confidence. He's playing harder and tougher. I said earlier last week, instead of watching film on Monday, I sat down with players. Two weeks ago, I sat down with Tony; just listening to him. Not talking to him or at him, but just listening to him. He had some things he wanted to say and I think that after that, he just moved forward. He got some things off his chest and just moved forward with life. I think he's playing outstanding right now. He's got a lot of confidence. He's the guy that we thought he was going to be when we recruited him. He sat as a redshirt freshman. He made all kinds of plays. He was the guy as a redshirt freshman who started at corner for us. Now you see him starting to flourish again. I think that's so important. Confidence breeds success. We're starting to flourish and our offense is getting more confident and that becomes a team gain. It takes some pressure off the defense. Our special teams were solid today. So we just need to continue to move this progress forward.

On Bennie Fowler...
I'm not sure about Bennie's health, but I think he's playing much the same way and making plays. There are a lot of guys making plays out there and that's what you need. Swinging the ball around Macgarrett Kings last week, Fowler last two weeks, but guys are making plays. Lippett, Burbridge is playing well and A.J. Sims is making plays. R.J. Shelton is in there making plays on the run and pass. We've got some playmakers and we've got to use those guys. The exciting thing is that any one of them can take it the distance.

On the play to open up the second half...
It was called a smash-fade. He came off the x on the fade and came back to the tight end on the seam. Josiah caught it right in rhythm and ran it down to the four or three yard line. Josiah Price and Jamal Lyles both have great hands and are both young players, redshirt freshman, and are both a different type of tight end than Michael Dennis, Gleichert is a little bit of both. Dennis is a bigger guy. We use them all. When you've got a lot of people playing, your team is very healthy because there is a lot of input and a lot of enthusiasm.

On playing an offense like Indiana's...
Their first drive took a minute and one second. To be able to play against Indiana, you've got to be able to keep that ball, you've got to make first downs, you've got to take some clock because you're defense has to rest some because they're going to be going every single play very fast at great speed.

Indiana Head Coach Kevin Wilson

On his team's struggles today...
We've been pretty good throughout the year. There's always going to be a glitch or two along the way. You've got to be strong enough and mature enough to overcome it, and you've got to be deep to overcome it.

On facing the defensive pressure of Michigan State...
Those guys have a lot of pride in their defense, the way they attack and play. There was some times where we actually did some things against them that sometimes are maybe a little bit quicker than we want. But you're doing that so they can't get us multiple in their looks. They can be very complex in their ability to disguise where they're coming from - show you a blitz one way, come the other way - so that makes sense sometimes we will kind of take a stab at it and we'll go fast enough to help ourselves but sometimes it's fast enough to not be clean for your quarterbacks. It was competitive and tough, and that's what happens when you play against a pretty good defense. Those 28 points are the most they've given up in two years. 27 was the most they gave up last year. This team doesn't give up points. And again, you've got to beat this team as a team. We needed a pick six. We needed a blocked punt or a punt return, and we didn't. We needed a couple defense stops.

On the success of Michigan State's offense in today's game...
I do think they wrinkled up a few things formationally that got us misaligned a bit more than it needs to be, so it will be interesting to see how can we continue to clean up. But again, you do need to tackle. We missed some. They've got a couple strong backs with a good runners, but then again, they played pretty good today. You can't let them run it down your throat.

On the nature of today's game...
We had a few opportunities to what ended up being a 14-point game. You're sweating uphill but you had a few opportunities to get close, and when you're playing not a heavyweight but a pretty good prize-fighter, you can't go in there and spar and jab, you need to make some plays to connect and we just didn't connect enough to me.

On the Michigan State coaching staff...
They made their adjustments. The best thing about Coach Dantonio and Coach Narduzzi is they know their package and how to adjust it, and we need to get to that point on both sides of the ball. They are a program I respect , and as we build our team, they do a lot of things in building their `O' and `D' they we need to do. There are some things they do that that's why they're the second-winningest team in the Big Ten over the last six, seven years since they've been up here. So it's not an accident. So a lot of respect for them. Kind of battled toe to toe and came up a little bit short, but we're going to keep rolling.

Michigan State Offensive Coordinator Dave Warner

Opening Comments...
We started off slow obviously, something we didn't want to do but as we got things rolling we were able to run the football pretty well and pick up 238 yards. We were also able to mix in the play action pass which was our goal coming into the game. So overall we had a good performance. We didn't have to kick any field goals in the red zone for the first time this year which is a very big positive but still as always there is room for improvement.

On Connor Cook's improvement over the last few games...
The neat thing about it is there are still mistakes that I can think about that he made throughout the game. You can see a lot of instances where if he just does a few things differently he could be pretty good. But he's definitely playing well and he keeps getting better as the weeks go along.

On the effectiveness of the running game...
That's the lifeblood of our offense. Any time you can run you have the ability to mix in the play action pass and create big plays and that was pretty evident today. That's been our deal since we've been here is you have to be able to run the football. It makes my job easier because there are a lot of plays to choose from when the run game is working. Our offensive line was doing an outstanding job of blocking and our backs were running well so it makes it easier all the way around.

On what in particular he liked about the way Jeremy Langford and Delton Williams ran the ball today...
Jeremy got a crease and took it the distance which is something we've been waiting on for a couple games now. It was good to see that. Delton continues to be powerful and serve as our bigger power back for us. Both those guys performed as we expected and hopefully that will continue.

On how close the coaching staff was to making a decision on redshirting Delton Williams this season...
It was close. We pulled the redshirt off last week knowing that there are still a lot of football games in front of us and we knew we would need that big back. So far it looks like he's going to be able to help us, hopefully that continues.

On the importance of dominating the time of possession today...
It's always important to try and keep their offense off the field. Today was especially important because you could see they strike very quickly. We talked about that but in reality it doesn't come into play calling a whole lot. You just want to be able to keep grinding out first downs and today we were able to do that.

On whether this was the best he's seen Connor Cook play...
Yes it probably is. I think for him it's a constant progress where he's getting better every week. But yes he was good today.

Michigan State Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi

Opening statement ...
First off you have to give credit to Kevin Wilson and the Hoosier offense for doing a nice job. They hit a couple of big plays on us which we know they've done in the past; they normally average (nearly) 600 yards of offense. There well coached and they probably do a good of a job scheming as any team in the big ten. With that being said I think our kids played pretty well. I was a little bit disappointed with some of the stupid penalties we had and we definitely have to eliminate those.

On how the defense was affected by the offense's ability to dominate the time of possession...
It was huge. We're up in the press box just saying `tic toc', `tic toc', just let that clock run. Our offense did a great job of controlling the ball. I don't look at stats too much but the one stat I did look at was 18 minutes in time of possession in that first half which was huge and that's a tribute to our offensive staff and our offensive players.

On how much Indiana's up-tempo offense disrupts the way the defense is being called ...
It all depends on what they do. They do a good job of tweaking things week-to-week kind of like we do. Their always going to run their base offense but they have little tweaks that they throw in and they do a nice job of that. Kevin Wilson is a guy I've worked with and a guy I have a lot of respect for. He's one of the hardest working and smartest coaches I've ever worked for and I think he gets smarter as the years go on.

Michigan State junior running back Jeremy Langford

On posting four touchdowns, including one receiving touchdown...
It felt good. The offense executed very well. The offensive line had one of their best games. The quarterback had a good game and the receivers did a good job blocking downfield.

On picking up the pace early in the game...
We just stayed positive. We stayed with each other. We knew we could move the ball and that's what we did during the game. We worked harder and kept pounding.

On coming off the team's first Big Ten win of the season...
I feel like we gained balance. We've passed the ball well and ran the ball well. Like I said, the offensive line did a great job run blocking and pass blocking. We came together as a team and it clicked today.

On the offense's performance...
I feel like we played great. Everybody played great. The receivers did a good job making catches downfield and the quarterback did a great job finding them. The offensive line did a great job helping Connor (Cook) get the ball down the field when he ran for yards.

Michigan State Senior Linebacker Max Bullough

Thoughts on offense fighting back after the first IU drive...
Anytime you play a team like Indiana, they run the ball fast and moved the ball on us quite a bit. So anytime our offense can have an extended period of time on the field is going to help us. It is going to get us fresh. It's going to give us time to make adjustments. Sometimes we don't have the time to make adjustments so we have time to make adjustments and get a break.

On trying to simulate the fast pace offense in practice...
You know we did the best we could at practice. It is a tough thing to simulate. Their offense is fast, they have good players, they do what they do and they do it quickly. So that is kind of the hard part. It is hard thing to do when you play a team like Indiana. More the most part we won the game and that's what is important.

On the happiness around the team...
I like to see them doing better and scoring points. It is almost more fun to see them succeed as it is the defense the past couple of weeks. They have grown up so much with some young players and they have done so well with accepting the coaching. Taking the abuse early on in the year, they really took hold of it and took ownership of that offense.

Michigan State Sophomore Quarterback Connor Cook

On the effectiveness of third down...
I didn't know our percentage exactly, but I knew that we were succeeding and converting on third down. I thought that Coach Warner did a great job calling the plays, putting us in the situations that we were in. I wasn't looking at the scoreboard, I was just focused on winning the game and doing what I possibly can to put my team in a good situation.

Thoughts on difference in the red zone this week...
I don't know, we have heard what everybody's been saying and all year long. We get a little angry about it, especially as an offense. We want to make it personal. I think we made it personal this week. I really don't think we got in the red zone as against Iowa. A lot of our touchdowns were from a little bit outside the red zone. But I feel we just took it upon ourselves as a team, as a unit about it earlier in the week, and we made it personal.

Thoughts on differences in rhythm between this week and the past...
It's totally different, earlier I would have rushed throws, I wouldn't have good footwork, I'd throw off my back foot, and I'd rush even quick throws. I feel like I am just doing a better job trusting my offensive line. Waiting for the routes to develop. I met with Coach Warner before Iowa and we said trust your offensive line and wait for things to develop. Go through reads, go to one, two, to three. I think I am doing a lot better job at that.

Thoughts on this game being a breakout game...
Yeah you could feel it. Heading into Iowa we were gelling a lot better in practice, guys were in sync, I was more in sync with the receivers and you could see an improvement in practice. We went to Iowa and played really well. I think you did see an improvement this week in practice. Just like a whole confidence level, guys having fun out there not stressing about anything. Focusing on the play but having fun while at practice. I feel like I have always said this, this is just the beginning. We know what we are capable of. We showed what we were capable of against Iowa and today against Indiana. We just have to build on our performance.

On getting more respect from opposing defenses
I think defenses aren't blitzing as much as they were early on. It has opened up the passing game. With us being successful in the passing game, it is opening up doors for the offense. I think all the running backs especially Delton (Williams) and J Lang (Jeremy Langford) had quite the day today. Seeing him succeed out there just with the whole balanced passing, it's just a great reassuring feeling. Especially as a quarterback knowing we can run the ball like we did.

Senior defensive tackle Tyler Hoover

On Indiana's first touchdown...
We said don't let it get us feeling bad about the rest of the game. As long as we kept pushing, we knew we were going to do well. As long as we kept getting penetration and stopping the run, we knew they were going to start attacking with the pass.

On Max Bullough...
He does a really good job. He always stays calm, he's always composed. That's what you want from a middle linebacker.

On his own sack...
It was nice right? No really, I just came free. I think Shilique (Calhoun), he came down so the center went away, so I had a straight shot. It felt good.

On conditioning the week prior to the game...
The whole week Coach Narduzzi pushed it every day. We were sprinting back to the ball every play. Doing just random down ups and non-stop conditioning stuff. We were ready for it and as long as we kept getting back to the ball, that was key.

On if he was hurting in Tuesday's practice...
They were definitely pushing conditioning, but I think I'm pretty blessed with my lungs.

Junior Wide Receiver Tony Lippett

On what was said between him and the coaches...
One way was I just wanted to figure out how I could help this team in any way I can as far as scoring points on the board. We talked about a lot of things, but that was the main focus. What can I do to help this team score points and help this team win?

On if he fell like he was on the outside looking in...
In some aspects yea, I felt like I was on the outside a little bit. I feel like any role I have I'm going to do the best at that role I can. Whatever that role is, I try to excel at that role. Sometimes you do feel like you're on the outside looking in, but this is the game.

On what the coach staff said he needed to do...
They just wanted me to play bigger. He wanted me to play 6'3," and that's probably the one thing I got away from a little bit. He wanted me to extend my arms, he wanted me to play 6'3."

On why it took him so long to figure out his role...
I had to sit down and reevaluate myself. Throughout spring ball and throughout camp, I feel like I'm one of the biggest critics on myself. I sit back and watch myself a lot. I wanted to figure out what things do I do well and what things don't I do well so I can work on those things and make progress.

On being stuck between a defensive back and a wide receiver...
When I played DB, I was playing DB. When I play wide receiver, I strictly play wide receiver. I didn't really think about going back or feel like I was going back and forth. I just tried to focus on wide receiver.

On the chemistry between the quarterback and the wide receivers...
We talk to Connor (Cook) a lot. We talk to him about anything, it doesn't even have to be about football. That's what we do well. I'm not saying we didn't do that with (Andrew) Maxwell when he was the quarterback or Tyler O'Connor, but we actually talk back and forth to each other. It's not just a lot of us talking at him or him talking at us. We're actually going out there back and forth on what we see, what we feel like is open, on where we want the ball to be and where he wants us to be. We try to do that every day in practice.

Michigan State freshman running back Delton Williams

Overall assessment of his game today...
I just felt comfortable out there. Felt good being out there with the rest of the guys contributing. It was good to get the win, all that matters is winning. They pulled me out sometimes when we got close to the end zone, but it felt good to get (Langford) the touchdowns he deserves. He's been working hard keeping the team up and doing what he's has to do.

On almost reaching 100 yards on the day...
It felt good. That was one of the goals too for me; getting up to a noticeable number so everyone can know who I am. It looked like I did a good job and just felt good being out there with everyone else.

On his yards per carry...
The offensive line made it pretty open. It felt good having huge gaps like that. It felt like I was in practice, felt like I was just working hard. My offensive lineman kept me up.

On bouncing back from his fumble...
I was just trying to look too flashy. I had too much stuff on my arms. It wasn't that he pulled the ball out, he was pulling on my arms and the ball just slipped out so I just took all the stuff off my arms and focused in. At the beginning of the game Coach Warner told me he wasn't feeling too good about me having that stuff on my arms. Being young, I'm like alright I'm just trying to look good. I went with it, it's a lesson learned.

On getting his redshirt taken off during Big Ten play and adjusting to physicality...
I've been going against a Big Ten defense all year through camp. Getting into this season and working hard against our starting defense every day. It's just been getting me better everyday, making me run the ball harder. I know the difference between me and some of the other running backs is some of the other backs are speed backs and shifty guys, I can get a little shifty a little bit, but I'm a power guy. I know my role, so I do what I have to do so we can get this win.

Michigan State redshirt freshman tight end Josiah Price

On Connor Cook's maturation over the past few weeks...
I think you can see by the production on the field on Saturdays. He's taking command of our offense and making plays through the air and making plays through the ground. As you saw, managing the game well today. The few weeks really I think he's done a great job of that. Notre Dame was one of those games where he played well but could have played a little better and I think every week he's just progressed and gotten better and better. You can see it in practice, he gets all the reps with the 1's now that we've went with him and we're all around him so he's growing everyday just like the rest of our offense is and just getting better. That's our goal, is just keep going on the uphill climb instead of taking a step back

On Connor Cook's rhythm...
We hit rhythm today, we scored 42 points against a Big Ten opponent. Our whole unit is just playing with a lot of confidence and that's a huge thing at this college football level.

On his reception where he was tackled just short of the goal line...
I saw all the green grass in front of me. When I caught it, I tucked it expecting a big hit because usually when I catch a ball over the middle there's a safety or a backer or somebody. I turned and was like `where is everybody' and I tried to turn on the burners.

On the involvement of the tight ends in the passing game...
That's something Coach Bollman has told us this week is to get the coach's respect and confidence and the quarterback's confidence we have to be able to make plays. I dropped a pass early on this week in practice and I hold myself highly accountable for that. I'm not allowed to drop a ball and every time it comes my way I have to make plays. I'm just thankful I got the ball thrown my way once today. So far in games, every time it's been thrown my way I've been able to come down with it and that's something I've been trying to pride myself on. To show that if you throw it my way I'm going make a play for you regardless of where it's at or how I'm defended.

On being one of the young contributors on the team...
I think a lot of us have gotten - including myself - finally our feet wet and get experience. The first few games I was super nervous. You're just out there playing and it's your first time out there in Spartan Stadium and then going to Notre Dame that was a huge experience for me. I feel like our confidence is growing the more we've been out there. You saw Delton Williams today play really well and he got a little experience last week and then this week he was able to play better. I think RJ Shelton, he's gotten his feet wet here and there and then today you saw him make a big play. The young guys are finally starting to catch rhythm and feel what it takes to be successful on Saturdays.

On the offensive line's play today...
Up front we did really well today. As far as tight ends, we played a little shaky at Iowa but we bounced back really good this week. Coach Bollman talked about being a contributor at tight end. We need the tight end to play well. I think we definitely stepped up and did that today, we definitely contributed.

Indiana junior wide receiver Cody Latimer

On loosening up the Michigan State defense early...
It was very important. That's what we were going for and we just couldn't connect, so we've got to go back and work on some things.

On quarterback Nate Sudfeld's play...
He wasn't off today. It wasn't just him, it was our whole offense. He was getting some pressure and there wasn't much he could do about that, just try to make a play. He did a good job of getting out of a couple sacks. He played an okay game, like I said, it was a whole team effort, and we just need to play better.

On Indiana being competitive on the road...
It's a big difference in our team. We've very competitive, we fight all 60 minutes. We just need a better outcome.

Indiana junior wide receiver Shane Wynn

On how he felt they played against the Michigan State defense...
Give a lot of credit to the Michigan State defense. We missed a lot of deep shots today, and when you play Michigan State you can't miss those shots.

On Indiana's downfield pass attempts...
A little bit of good coverage and a little bit of ball misplacement. We just got to practice and get better at it. Like I said before, you can't miss those shots against Michigan State.

On Indiana's inconsistency...
It's not frustrating; we just got to learn how to keep working hard at it. Just keep finishing games.

Indiana sophomore running back Tevin Coleman

On his touchdown run in the first quarter...
It was designed to hit that hole and it worked. They capitalized on it the next play. They're a smart defense, a good defense and they played hard.

On if Indiana knew there would be a hole in MSU's defense on his touchdown run...
Coach [Seth] Littrell knew there was a gap right there and he called the play and it was a good play and it worked. We worked it in practice and it was designed to be that open so I just hit it.

On how the MSU's defense changed after that touchdown...
They had a back in that hole and they kept eyes on the play. We just tried to look for holes inside and holes outside but as they are a smart defense, they capitalized on that. We played hard; we just didn't get any plays in.

On what makes MSU's defense good against the run...
They're smart. They know the holes they're supposed to fill up. They're just a good defense.

On the disappointment of not being able to continue to score after the first touchdown...
It's kind of disappointing, but we played hard. They played hard and we left a lot of plays on the field that we didn't capitalize on.

Indiana sophomore quarterback Tre Roberson

On his thoughts about getting in the game...
It felt good to go out there and play and try to help the team the best that I can.

On Indiana's success when he was in...
Everything was just part of the game plan. We got a couple of packages for me and we used the packages and knew they can response well to both of us.

On playing MSU's defense...
They're a real good defense. They challenge every throw, they rush really well. It's just really tough playing the State defense.

Indiana redshirt Senior Safety Greg Heban

On missing tackles...
We try to clean up the communication and I think the communication this week was fairly well but we still have room for improvement always. I think we had guys moving where they needed to be we just didn't get the tackles where they needed to be, too many missed tackles, and that's something that we can't go back to.

On missing a tackle for every Michigan State scoring play...
Even coach talked about before the game, trying to eliminate the explosive plays. I think we gave up way too many explosive plays. I'm not sure exactly how many, but those are going to get you beat and every time we had an explosive play, they scored.

On Michigan State's score at the end of the half...
I think it was a big momentum boost for them. We try to keep our spirits high when we got a chance coming back in the second half to start on defense and kind of set the tone for the second half, it's not something we succeeded with so it's something that we got to continue to improve on.

Indiana junior cornerback Tim Bennett

On the loss...
The game came down to stopping the run and making tackles, and we didn't do a good job there.

On working together as a defense...
We just need to learn from it, just look at it on film and try to get better, try to improve as a defense. We can't harp on it now, we just need to get better on it. On what worked for Michigan State...
Basically by us not tackling, we had a good chance to stop them third down and we didn't. We didn't make the plays that we were supposed to. On Indiana's defensive performance...
It's basically our defense versus their defense and their defense won. They got more stops, more third down stops, they got more tackles in the backfield. Their defense outperformed our defense. On how this affects their momentum...
We just got to keep fighting and improve on this, watch more film and try to get better as a defensive unit.

Indiana sophomore Quarterback Nate Sudfeld

On Michigan State's defense...
They're very well-coached. If you beat them on one thing, they're going to adjust the next time. We knew what we were getting into and they were a very good defense.

On Michigan State's defensive pressure...
It really wasn't that, I thought our offensive line blocked really well and I just missed a few shots; I was a hair off on four or five deep balls. We just weren't in sync like we have to be against such a good defense. Don't get me wrong, they're a very good defense but we stopped ourselves more than they stopped us.

On the offense's performance...
It was just us. They're a good defense but we were just a hair off on some deep balls that usually are our bread and butter. Me to Kofi (Hughes), me to Cody (Latimer), we were just a hair off and I overthrew them, but we'll get that fixed and we can't afford to do that against such a good defense but it's good to know that there are lot of things we can improve on and we really can play so much better than we did.

On Michigan State's press coverage...
They have really good cornerbacks, who make you fight for every reception, but a few times I was just over-shooting it a little bit and they're really good at press coverage so give them credit but we need to convert on those. On not having a running game...
Again, I missed throws that were there, just some deep throws. I don't think the run game affected us very much. It was nice to see Tevin [Coleman] take off on that first run but again, we were just a hair off and when you pass as much as we do at times, you just can't afford to be off like that. So, it's frustrating but at the same time, we're looking forward to this week and this challenge but we have a lot to improve on.