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Oct. 20, 2012

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Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio

Opening remarks
Tough loss obviously guys - great football game and disappointing for our football team. But very proud of our football team nevertheless in terms of how we played the football game and what we brought to the table there. We had a chance to win it at the end, and that isn't the first time that has happened this year. But that's sports, that's athletics, and things hinge on the inches. I think the thing to do is congratulate the University of Michigan. I think Denard Robinson made a couple plays of the game there in the fourth quarter; that's why he has had the success here. The long run gets them down there. It was a 9-7 lead I guess and we counter that, but then he hits the pass with 18 seconds to go. It was a tough deal, but a very evenly played game, great defensive game. I thought it was a great football game, a classic game. There weren't very many mistakes in the game and it was played very well by both teams. I'm very proud of our football team and I'm proud to be a Spartan. I asked our players to man up and play with pride. I asked them to play with confidence and toughness, and we did that. So in the end you have to take what comes down the road and stomach it. But we'll be alright, we'll rise up.

On the fake-punt and if he thought that would swing the momentum back their way ...
Yeah, it was a great play, great execution. I felt like it might be there, and it took a little nerve to call it, but we needed a play and we got a play. We needed to score a touchdown on that drive, and that comes back to haunt us a little bit. Eighteen seconds left and having to score a touchdown, it might not be the same game. But you have to play it out the way it unfolds, so that is the way we'll do it. At the end of the game we needed to stop them from kicking a field goal.

On having three Big Ten losses by a total of six points ...
Well it's tough. We put our guys through adverse situations throughout the entire year so we'll be back up next week, we'll have our confidence and be ready to play. It's tough because you feel bad because you know that you are very, very close to having three wins, but it is what it is, and sometimes you have to look at that and deal with it. This is one of the years that we have to do that, right now at this point in time. So shoulda coulda does not really get it. We just have to play through it and in the end, this needs to make us stronger. I truly believe that. When you go through things like this it does make you stronger and builds character. You don't like it at the time, but it does. I think it also reinforces the inches that we talk about and the little things, the differences between winning and losing. That hinges on some of the smallest things.

Michigan State Junior Quarterback Andrew Maxwell

On the game overall ...
They gave us exactly what we prepared for, exactly what we saw on tape. Give them credit though, they played hard. We did a good job there in the first half, but they gave us what we thought we were going to get. We just have to do a better job of executing.

On the offensive play ...
We knew there were things out there and plays to be made. As we came in for halftime we realized those things. Coaches had an opportunity to realize what was working. Coach (Dan) Roushar did a great job, I thought that the first scoring drive was very well called and it showed with a touchdown.

On responding from this rivalry loss ...
I wish I could, I really do. It is so personal for myself and for Max (Bullough), for everybody on this team, and for Spartan fans everywhere. It is heartbreaking. But we will respond, we will respond, we always do.

On attacking the Michigan secondary ...
We saw that there were places we could do that. Throwing the football was one of those things. The receivers did a great job making plays when they were there. Tony (Lippett) on the last scoring drive had a huge third-down catch. We did a great job catching the ball and advancing it a little bit.

Michigan State Junior Linebacker Max Bullough

On playing against Denard Robinson ...
He is a very dynamic player for three or four years now. I think it is just about playing with effort against a guy like that and recovering from mistakes because he gets you out of position quite a bit. We just recover from that with effort and as cliché as it sounds. For the most part we did an excellent job. It comes down to him making a play with his feet on the draw or whatever it was early in the fourth and then he comes back and throws the curl at the end. Those are plays he was able to make.

On how to improve going forward ...
We have got to respond. It sounds like we keep saying that every week, but it is the truth. I thought, like (Andrew) Maxwell said, we had a great week of practice. Guys were getting after each other obviously because we were playing Michigan. We need to as a team to keep moving forward, just more of the same to get back. We have a big one coming up this weekend.

On feelings after the tough loss ...
It is the biggest high to the lowest low. The highest high to the lowest low that is what it is. Beating a team like Michigan there is not many better feelings than that, just because of how personal it is and when you lose it is just as personal and just as negative of feeling as it is positive.

Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke

On playing Big Ten football ...
I thought our guys did a tremendous job fighting as a football team. I think that in every facet of the game we kept punching away and executing pretty well. We did some things poorly, some things that we need to do a lot better job of, but our kids stuck together as a team. When you look at the kicking game and the fake punt, which was a really good job on their part schematically, and really looking at what we were doing, but the defense held them to a field goal, which is what they needed to do to give us an opportunity. All in all I like how our kids stayed together and it was going to be who was going to run the ball and we threw it a little bit more than we wanted to, but that's a good defense you are playing against.

On defending Le'Veon Bell ...
I think our guys did a nice job, the guys inside, Will Campbell and Quinton (Washington), and our linebackers, and Craig Roh. The way the linebackers got to the football, we had good support. I think Greg (Mattison) had a really good scheme against some personnel groups that helped us get our safeties involved a little bit more, but he's a big back and usually he's going forward, so we wanted to finish the game and finish every play through the whistles, making sure we were getting to the ball and helping guys up and all of that stuff, but it was a lot of fun."

On kicking the ball with three minutes remaining ...
There's no question. Our defense was playing pretty good football. We had one drive in there that, the scoring drive at the beginning of the second half, that was not Michigan defense, but we were playing well and we thought that with two timeouts and 3:18, maybe 3:20 left, where we could pooch it down there, low field position, where we would force them to punt it back to us that we would be in good shape.

On execution of the final drive ...
You teach those situations, you talk about those situations. I really thought that Denard (Robinson) handled it well. He ran the offense, the other guys hurried back to the line of scrimmage. As far as Drew (Dileo) goes, he isn't the biggest guy in the world, he's not the fastest, but I can tell you one thing, Drew Dileo is a football player and he is a tough, little football player.

On his first win over Michigan State ...
I am happy for our seniors; I am happy for our kids in this program.This was a great win for the seniors and Team 133 and that is a legacy that they get to embrace from now on and hopefully it is a lesson to the guys who are in this program, how you have finish a football game and finish every game, how you need to play as a team and go from play to play. How to try and play your best and play with the most heart that we can.

 

 

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