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Post-Game Quotes: Indiana

Oct. 21, 2017

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Oct. 21, 2017

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio

Opening statement...
First of all, a great effort by our football team. Momentum was all going towards IU. I think in the fourth quarter you especially have to kick the field goal and we just, we found a way. I would just say it's about grit. I keep talking about that all the time to our football team, and that's really what it came down to. We found a way to win at the end of the game. I thought our defense continued to just do their job, do their job. They started doing it with even more excitement as the game got near the end. Big plays in the game, at the end of the game by our offense. Great call by Coach Warner on the double reverse for big play. Cody White made some tremendous plays out there as a true freshman. Big third-down catch for 16 yards; it must have been third-and-20, so he gets 16 or I guess 19, so third-and-19, but he gets 16. A huge catch by Hunter Rison. I thought Hunter bounces back and has another big third-down catch; I believe it was or it was a fourth-down catch, maybe.

We found a way to win. I thought we played hard. We ran the football 44 times, not for much, but it wasn't for lack of effort. There's things that we could do better. Our special teams played very well. We kept it under five, contained back there. I thought that Jake (Hartbarger) had some outstanding punts, outstanding coverage. I thought we kicked off and covered very well. We've got to put our feet on the 10-yard line you know punt returns, but we've got young guys back there. Just a great team win. So I'll take some questions.

On the team's poise late in the game...
I've always said, you know, Brian Lewerke, I mean you know he's not always going to play. You know, quarterback is a tough position. So everybody second guesses you and all the kind of stuff, including coaches. He was off on some throws but at the end of the game he made the throws that he needs to make and he does not get rattled. So he can play through some pain a little bit, and that's a positive. You know, every time we got across the 40, something seemed to happen. We snapped the ball over the quarterback's head for a 20-yard loss. We never really got the points. They're tough to run against. They had a lot of people down there. Tough to run against. We'll have to look at the film and see exactly what happened. But, the end of the game, really the last two drives. I know the last play, I think they said hey let's try and get the eight points and see what we can do. Maybe we should've fell on it on the 1 or something, but we'll take it for what it's worth. As you said, I think we just played with poise. For freshmen receivers to go make those plays, at the end of the game like that, those were crunch plays. Felton (Davis) with a big catch, a touchdown and a reverse. That's a lot of things going on.

On the team's plan with play calling going into the game...
Well, every play is supposed to work, you know. They've got guys, too. IU should be given a lot of credit. They're a very competitive football team. I think they're extremely well-coached. You look at the change in defense in the past couple years, and they play hard. We knew that coming into the game. We knew that it would be an extremely tough football game, that they would play hard, play with emotion and that we would have to win the football game. Maybe going out at the end, we were going to have to make plays. I think they tackled well. I think they played well at the point of attack and they got people up there on the ball. I think going through the ball, we were covering pretty well or we overthrew or under threw, or maybe it just didn't work. Every play is designed to go, like I said before, every now and then someone will say `hey, run that play again where Felton catches a touchdown.' You know, it's not that simple. I thought play calling, everything was out there. We used a variety of different personnel groupings and formations and try to give the ball the edge. We do a lot of different things, so we'll have to look at the film and evaluate whether it was structure, whether it was what they did, whether it was structure, or whether physically we didn't win at the point of attack, or what was the case.

On the LJ Scott situation...
First of all, it's a long process to get a license. Secondly, when I talk about that, you know I'm talking about once you start the process. Young people are going to make mistakes. I guess the biggest way to say it is young people are going to make mistakes, but they're my young people. It's like my family, so you're going to try and take care of those guys, try and usher them forward and try and help them resolve their issues as best you can. Ultimately, you know, sometimes you're put in situations where you have to make very tough decisions. However, this was not one of them. It felt like he got a speeding ticket. Everything else was sort of in order. There were extenuating circumstances as to a fine being paid, et cetera, but you know it's a long story. If you want 15, 20 minutes, that's what you get. You get a very long story, but hey, I watched him parallel park. It's not like we weren't on it. I watched him parallel park, and all that kind of stuff. He did very well. This was awhile ago, so we're just trying to complete the circle for our players. I know publicly it's tough to look at sometimes, maybe, but they're our players. They're my players. I've got a personal relationship with these guys, and their mother and their families. Sometimes you have to make gut calls and look at it in that capacity and that's what I did. He paid for public ridicule, certainly, and he paid financially certainly, and he paid a little bit in terms of on the field but we needed him to play too. We need to move forward.

On the past few games being close contests...
Tight. My college coach used to say tight as Dick's hat band. He used to say that all the time. Coach Richard Bell. I feel like it was going in one direction, and it was starting to become a wave. They had momentum. You know, we were trying to make a play, a couple plays, I can't really remember the progression of it but I know the big play was a third-down catch and I think we just sort of inched it up there. I think we made another play to get a couple first-downs there, but all of a sudden we got across the 50, all of a sudden the crowd got into it and all of a sudden things just started to go the other way. And football is crazy like that a little bit but again I'm very proud of our football team because we didn't quit, because we found a way to win and that's what good football teams do. You could really look at us as a program, over the last number of years and when we've had big years, we found a way to win close games. You can go back and look at the games that we on in `13, or the games we won in `14 or `15 and we just found a way to win and there's something to that. There's something to that and there's life lessons in that. That's the biggest thing I think we can take away from this.

On the character building with the team finding its way...
It's a lot like the Iowa game in a lot of respects. I think it sends a message to your football team, just keep playing and good things can happen and you're never going to be out of a football game. As long as you're playing well on defense, you're never really out of a football game. If you're not playing well on defense, as long as you're scoring points, you're never going to be out of a football game because there's a little bit, you build resiliency, I think. I think that's a big positive for any program, any football team or any season.

On players learning how to win...
Well, I think we're learning how to win, yeah. After last season, I think we're all learning. You know, last season we had some tough games and we didn't win them. But, yeah I think that's the case. Learning how to win. Again, resiliency, you're building a foundation and you just keep putting one brick on top of the other. The more games you win close, the more games you can close at the end, the tougher you become I think, at least mentally tough. So we have another great challenge when we go to Evanston. We'll talk about that on Tuesday, but they've got a good football team as well. There are no passes in this conference. There are no passes. No easy passes. That's just the nature of it.

On how penalties affected the game...
Yeah, it was good. I noticed that as well. There were some penalties out there. We were able to stay on the front end of that, which is a positive. So yeah, there were some big calls out there that helped move the football for us but we've had it go the other way before for us, too. Again, I can't really remember the progression of things, but I think there was one on that last drive, next to last drive, it was pass interference.

On bouncing back quickly on defense...
All of our coaches do a tremendous job of getting our players ready. We're playing well. I think one of the biggest plays, if you want to see a defense play really well, one of the biggest plays, we took away the dime, we took away the quarterback, we dumped it out on the edge. Even though it wasn't a pretty play drive, it was bang, bang, bang. It was really well executed. I just think we're executing very well. We're believing in the system. We're playing fast. We have a confidence factor right now and that's all in the personalities of the players and the coaches, and that's all interlined I think. They have a belief right now that they're tough to score on. It was huge play after the fumble holding them to three (points), and that's not the first time that we've done that, so that's something that's happened a number of times I believe.

On the contribution of the seniors...
Yeah, you know we had I think four seniors play in the game. Brian Allen is an anchor on the offensive line, outstanding player for us and just rock solid, you know. Demetrius Cooper, defensive end, I thought he gave us good plays out here. Again, it's hard for me to remember who did what out there but I mean he's playing solid obviously, with the way we've played on defense. Chris Frey just is all over the place, again just will give you every thing he's got out there. Gerald (Holmes) did not play today due to he's nicked up. He should be ready very soon. I think that's it. I believe that's it. Shane (Jones) was nicked up as well. Our senior class is a very unselfish senior class. You look at guys like Damion Terry, it's tough. Very unselfish. They're all in it for the right reasons and they're responding in terms of leadership. Damion is one those 12 guys. Shane is one of those 12 guys. Gerald is nicked up, but we've got great leadership. we've got great leadership from those guys, very unselfish, very positive.

On if win number six was meaningful this year...
We didn't get it last year. Yeah, I think win number six is big this year, especially 6-1. We get bowl eligibility, and now we can work on our next goal,which is just finishing. This what I call a phase and now we are getting into November. That's what we'll try and do; we'll try to get through October 5-0, that was the goal when we started, and its' got to be done one game at a time but we're there now so we can look at the one game and say okay can we reach that goal now? And then after that, we play on.

Michigan State Associate Head Coach and Co-Defensive Coordinator Harlon Barnett
 
On the red zone defense limiting Indiana to field goals...
We're always talking about all 11 executing. If we all 11 execute, on each and every play, we give ourselves a chance to win. We talk about that. Red zone, we said they get in the red zone, make them attempt field goals. Make them attempt field goals. Still want to try to get the block on those if we can. That's the mindset that we try to instill into our guys. We've been talking about it for a while now. They take to it and play well.
 
On Justin Layne's performance tonight against Simmie Cobbs Jr...
We talked about all week, a lot of 50-50 balls with him (Cobbs), when they just throw it up and it's either you or him. He made a play one time earlier in the game and then we made a play. Justin made a play one time. Then as it went on they stopped doing it as much, thought they had done more actually because he is a guy that goes up and gets the ball. That's why we put him on guys. Justin, thank god he stayed pretty one-sided with the receivers, because we don't have to run back and forth and find him and all that.  Not that we don't have trust and belief in our other corners, but it was good. It worked out well.
 
On the type of win this was...
It's another great win. Especially... I hate to even bring up last year but last year we were weren't making the strides that we needed to, and now we are bowl eligible. I'd say it's another great win. Our guys have really bought in. We worked our butts off this whole offseason. Just talking football with the guys, changed up our vacation schedule in the summer. Just to be around them more and talk football, football. Now all of the fruits of our labor are paying off. I would say it's another great win in the fruits of our labor this offseason.
 
On the defense being mentally different from last year...
Very resilient. They have trust and belief in one another. We always say, one of our things is trust yourself, trust your teammates and trust the defense. They make a play, one guy made a mistake or what have you, but there's accountability there. Talking about, I just mentioned, all 11 executing. There's accountability there. Guys know when they mess up, and they'll take responsibility for it and say it won't happen again. Every play you forget the last one, move onto the next one and then you just try to execute. Execute your assignment, get it done. They believe that they do that, they can have success and we can have success as a defense.
 
Michigan State Co-Offensive Coordinator Dave Warner
 
On the importance of the freshman players on the offense...
Well they made a name for themselves today because they made some big-time catches in critical situations. We've had a lot of confidence in them all year long and today they stepped up and did a great job for us.
 
On play calling in the first half...
Thought process was try to mix it up, get first downs, score points.
 
On the young receivers...
They're just in the normal rotation. It's not like we put them in there because of that specific situation, I mean, those guys are rotating through. Coach Salem has a lot of confidence in them and once again they've done a good job all year long. It just so happens this was their opportunity to shine when it came down to the end of the game.
 
On Cody White's catch on third down prior to the fourth down conversion...
Brian (Lewerke) moves around the pocket, if I remember correctly, it wasn't necessarily right off the bat that he set his feet and threw the football. He moved a little bit and it was a little bit later developing. Cody (White) made a great catch and found a way to get close enough, I believe that was third down, when we went for it on fourth down after that. Cody just made a great catch. He got us close enough. We always talk about getting close enough so Coach Dantonio has to a decision on fourth down, whether to go for it or not. He did that and fortunately we went for it on fourth and picked up a first down.
 
On if he would have rather taken a knee instead of the touchdown...
Yeah, after the fact of it, yeah absolutely. We did not talk about it beforehand, so that's on us. That's not on LJ (Scott), that's on us. That's a situation there where you want to go ahead and melt the clock rather than score the points. Absolutely.
 
On Brian Lewerke's ability to get things done on third and fourth down...
Without a doubt. Brian, he's far from perfect as we all are, but when it comes down to it he's making plays for us. There's times that he might not have stuck with the specific read that we would like him to but he's winning. He's winning football games and there's a lot to be said about that. We're happy with him. He does it because of his calmness and coolness and how he goes about his business. He does a good job.

Indiana head coach Tom Allen
 
Opening remarks...
Just highly disappointed really. I thought our kids played their heart out, so proud of their effort, their toughness, their grit that they showed throughout the game. Really, man, getting near the end there, you got to finish, and we got to finish these ball games out. But, to go on the road against this opponent in this venue, a tough place to play and a top-20 team, (we) had our chance, and let them off the hook. So, that's on us, that's on me, as the head coach, take responsibility for that and just really proud of our team.

On not being able to score touchdowns when inside the red zone...
You know, obviously I watch all those plays and involved (in) what they're calling on the headsets, but just didn't get the ball in the end zone, and you got to score points, you got to score touchdowns, you know, and we know that and didn't do it. I thought the last time, especially there when we had an opportunity to get the (touchdown) like you just mentioned there the first down on the 11-(yard line), just needed a touchdown there. Field goals are good, to a point, but not that point, so we got to score touchdowns.

On getting conservative as the game went on...
I think both sides did, you know, we knew obviously it was a possession-type game and both defenses were playing really well and both offenses just don't want to turn the ball over. So, yeah, you might do that a little bit, but at the same time I don't mind playing that way, when you're just trying to win the game, to me that's what the objective is. So I just think that that's a possibility, I told our guys `our defense is playing really well, just protect the football, keep kicking field goals if we have to, and we'll just go find a way to beat them. So, just a couple third downs there at the end (I) wish we had back.

On allowing LJ Scott to score late in the fourth quarter...
Absolutely, (allowing Scott to score) was the only chance we had, so that allows us to be down by eight, so you get a chance to score, because if you don't (let him score) then they're just going to eat the clock. We were afraid (Michigan State) was just going to take a knee, and just milk it that way. So, I personally have never done that in a game, but that was exactly what you should do, to give yourself a chance to go score a touchdown and go for two to tie it up. It was the only chance we had.

On defensive play calling on MSU 3rd & 19 in 4th quarter...
That 3rd & 19, golly, and I don't like the call that I made, and that's my fault, it's on me, so I own that. They always tries to mix things up and whatever, but it didn't work, so that's the one I really, that's the one that's going to really bother me.

On possibly adding QB Richard Lagow into passing game for the deep ball...
Not today, we'll have those discussions and, per the situation, if we got to do something like that we'll do what we got to do to win the game, so Rich is on standby ready to go, I know that.

On defense's performance...
I thought the whole defense played their tails off, proud of them. They played tough, tough, tough, physical, and our guys just bowed up. So, proud of team, man, these kids a lot of fight in these guys, and we play a harder schedule now, a really harder schedule, and we aren't backing down from nobody. So we're going to keep coming.

Michigan State sophomore quarterback Brian Lewerke

On characterizing this game...
Yeah, I just think it was just taking a little while to settle in, longer than we wanted. The first half, I felt like I was leaving the pocket too quick and kind of went back to how it was last year. I knew what I was doing and I tried staying in, it kind of pissed me off, but we picked up a little bit in the second half.

On what was going through your mind during last couple drives...
Yeah, we knew, I mean, I kind of had a feeling that if we got it close enough that we'd go for it on fourth down. I was trying to get back as many yards as I can. Actually, if I could have stayed in the pocket on the one I hit Cody (White), he was open across middle 10 yards he might have been able to run for a first down. The game plan was just to get as close as we could to set up the fourth down play.

On two freshman wide receivers...
They played phenomenal and stepped up when they needed too. Obviously, I don't think my accuracy on the ball was the greatest but I think that they did a great job of snagging the catches. Unraveling a couple of good ones or the one across the middle that was a little high, he did a great job of bringing it back down and getting the first down. Obviously, Cody (White) had a big third and six that he picked up and got 30 yards, that was awesome.

On emotions in fourth quarter...
We were confident the entire time that we could score. We knew what was stopping us, it was ourselves. Missed throws, missed blocks, penalties, and anything like that. We had all the confidence in the world throughout the entire game that we could go down and score.

On being surprised on how open he (Felton Davis) was in the left corner...
A little bit, but I knew it was man coverage so I knew the corner was going to drop off. He did a great job of getting off his DB and making a play.

On the wins...
I do, find a way to get it done. No matter how ugly it is, this one was very ugly, but found a way to get it done even with the youth of the team. I think we're growing up very well and setting ourselves up for the future very well.

On if there was an effort to keep himself in the pocket and not run around...
Yeah, I wouldn't say so. It's kind of just a feel thing, a part of my growth that I want to do is being able to stay in the pocket, and all of that stuff. There wasn't any specific game plan of that.

On the significance of being bowl eligible with this team...
It's awesome. We're stepping in the right direction and it's a lot better than where we were last year. Coach D harped on that all week. We had a bowling ball in the locker room, we're all going to sign it on Monday. We're going bowling, that's awesome.

On if this season finally puts last year in the back seat...
I feel like it's been in the back seat since Game One. We've done a great job establishing ourselves and it was done a while ago.

On where the bowling ball was this week...
 It was in the team room all week and the locker room after the game.

On beginning of game...
Things just weren't clicking. I'm not quite sure, the guys, their corner was really good. I think that helped a lot but they did a great job of covering our receivers. Obviously, they made plays in the end.

On getting closer to November games...
We have four phases. Next week will be the end of phase three. Going into November will be the beginning of phase four. Coach D (Dantonio) always harks on, always shows us his record in November since we've been here. We know that championships are won as October comes to an end. It's very important to get rolling through the rest of the season.

On when they called a double reverse...
 I loved it. We've had that on our play book all year, it was something, great play call. When I got over there to try and block, I was just hoping no one was there and going to come from the backside. I was trying to protect the backside and I actually pushed LJ (Scott) into the guy to try and make him fall and maybe cut the guy. I probably should have scored on it, honestly. You know, it was a great play.

On winning in close games...
I think it's just something you learn. Through the first one, as we've gone through all of them, I think we've done a great job at finishing. Even despite our youth, I think we've learned how to win tight games like that.

On if they need to lose first...
Possibly, I mean I think the loss against Notre Dame was an eye opener first. It made us a little more focused and more intense.

On big plays and being confident in true freshman...
I don't think it was a specific target of them, it was more that they were the guys who were hot so we're going to put them in the game. They happened to be at the right place at the right time. I think they did a great job.

On seeing confidence in the true freshman...
I have, it's awesome. The depth, the receivers obviously going in, that was the talk around here. Not from us, but from all of the media on what was going to happen with the receivers. I think they've shown what they can do.

On what it's like to go special plays...
I love it. The defense hadn't seen the play all day and they didn't know what was coming. Some of those plays we hadn't even run all year. It was something that they hadn't seen. I think it was a great play call and great execution call.

On how he saw out the touchdown to Felton Davis...
It was a duel read. There was one side for middle  and one side for the one safety, then when cover one had it, it went to middle field. I knew that Felton was doing everything he was supposed to do that he'd be wide open on that side and he was.

Michigan State junior runningback LJ Scott

On how big the win was...
It's real big.  Going to the sixth game and winning the sixth game.  We're bowl eligible so we just have to keep pushing from here.

On the running lanes today...
They're a good defense.  We knew that coming into this game. All those guys are seniors and they all love each other.  That's something we could see on film.  They play hard and they're a hard-nosed defense.  We were definitely expecting that.

On what it says about the young receivers and their play late...
It says a lot. Those guys are definitely stepping up each week.  Obviously, Hunter Rison coming in the clutch with two huge catches, but it's about grit.  You just keep going from here.

On what he likes about this team...
When it's time for crunch time, the guys, we really come together.  That's something we didn't really handle last year.  Our chemistry is way better and I just love the way we're becoming.

 On whether this team reminds him of 2015...
A little bit.  Actually that last touchdown, we were watching the highlight today and going back to 2015, I ran a touchdown the same way.  That part reminded me of it, but we're a new team, it's a new year and we're just trying to keep pushing forward.

On the play at the end of the game to take a knee...
I never thought of it. You learn something new every day.  It definitely was not in my mind, I was just trying to get in the end zone.  As I was running, I saw a couple players stop and let up and I was like, `What the (heck) is this?' But whatever, our defense did a good job stopping them.

On playing a game like this...
It's a dog fight. Coach D talked about how it's 12 rounds.  We knew this team, just like Michigan's team, would go all 12 rounds and that's all the way through the fourth quarter.  They're a good team and they have a lot of chemistry on that side and that's something we hope to build up to.

Michigan State senior linebacker Chris Frey


On the offense struggling and not having rest in the third and fourth quarters...
It's difficult but it's something that we train for all week. During practice we have what we call Baylor tempo and every single team period, Tuesday and Wednesday, we're running a play; 28, 29, 30 plays in a seven-minute period, 10 or 15 seconds in between each play. We practice that the whole year, we practice it during camp and it's paying off for us because guys are staying fresh to the third and fourth quarter. It also pays tribute to the depth that we have on our defense. Guys get tired, guys step in and they make plays.

On if there was a point in the second half where the defense needed to turn things around...
We said that the whole game. We expect our offense to score points and when they're not we take it upon ourselves to step up and play our game and do what we have to do to win the game. I think the way that our defense was playing and getting the stops it gave our offense confidence late in the game. They stepped their game up and they won the game for us in the end putting points on the board.

On if these types of wins are character building wins...
Absolutely. Like Joe (Bachie) said, our defense stepped up and they drive the field and I get a pass interference late in the game and I come up to the sideline... they ended up kicking a field goal, our defense stepped up. I walk over and I thank everybody on the defense for having my back. I think that right there just shows that this defense, we trust each other. We know that if someone makes a mistake someone's going to have our back. That's the things that have been built over fall camp, the first half of the season and the chemistry and what we have with this team right now. It just keeps getting stronger and stronger.

On having six wins and being bowl eligible...
It's an exciting time but we're just going to continue to get better. After the year that we had last year we're excited to be bowl eligible but that's not good enough for us. It's not where we want to be. That's not the standards that the guys in the past have set for us. We're just going to continue to work every single day to become a better team. Like I said, keep growing our chemistry because with that, we're just going to keep winning games. We're going to keep leaning on each other in times of need in games. When we're in games like this, late in the fourth quarter guys are stepping up, guys are coming off the bench and making plays and it's just huge for this team.

On if the team's expectations have changed since the start of the year...
No we have the same expectations going into every year. We know what we can do with this team. We know the guys that we have on this team. We say it every single week; It's not about what the other team does or who they are or what happens during a game, it's about what we do. We go back and we watch film on the things, in the games that we played. A lot of the big plays and the touchdowns and things that we've given up, it's not what they do, it's what we do. It's mistakes that we've made. A lot of guys are learning from those mistakes and that's going to help us going forward in the season.
 
Michigan State sophomore linebacker Joe Bachie

On Indiana starting to move the ball in the fourth quarter...
We just talked about bowing up. At the end of the game we got to finish, third and goal situations. We were out of our gap a little on that drive there and able to crease us a little bit and get 4 or 5 yards. We got to the sideline and we talked about bowing up, we got to finish the game, we got to make something happen. Just great to come out here with a win.

On the play of the younger guys...
They did a great job. Last week at the end of the game, they started passing the ball around on us a little bit. Our defensive backs played great today. Justin Layne did a great job, they had a great receiver out there and Justin did a great job on him. Josiah (Scott), Khari (Willis), I can go through the whole DB's. They did a great job. Our defensive line stepped up, they didn't let 100 rushing yards I'm pretty sure and that's one of our goals. Shout out to them it was their job. That was just fun. We're a fun group out there. We have fun, we're a young and enthusiastic group so it's awesome to be out there with them.

On the defense holding Indiana to field goals...
It's huge. I think our first one was a little turnover so a sudden change situation for us. Holding them to three points is huge. As you can see at the end of the game it was a 10-9 game. Shout out to the entire defense for coming out, being ready to go, having that fire. Our offense at the end of the game came up huge. We were able to flip the field and that's something we talk about all the time too.

Michigan State freshman wide receiver Cody White

On what this win means to the team...
It means a whole lot to us as a team, knowing that we're taking it one game at a time and we're just going to keep striving for the next game.

On how he felt he played...
I felt like I played a good game. There's still a few things that we can fix as a team, but just keep going, keep moving and that's what it is. I feel like we're doing a great job.

On what it means to him that the coach trusts him to be in the game in crucial moments...
It meant a whole lot. It means that he's got trust in me and knowing that I can do what I can do, and it just meant a whole lot to me. It just lets me know that we're building his trust, and he can put his faith in any of the receivers in that room.

On how much fun he had today...
Yeah it was fun for us as a team just putting the ball in the air and then with the throwing game, it was fun for the receiving group for sure.

On Hunter Rison's play...
Yeah, just us two coming in at the same time I feel like we've grown a whole bunch since camp coming in from the summer. I feel like he played a great game as well, having two clutch third down plays. I feel like we're thriving right now.

On the third down play...
I just hooked up, caught the ball and started rolling. It was kind of magic actually.

On how they opened things up after the first three quarters...
We know we are capable of more than we were doing and I feel like just in that fourth quarter, we just started clicking. That energy just started to pick up as well and we just started thriving as an offense.

Indiana freshman quarterback Peyton Ramsey


On what has to change after this game...
I talked about it last week I think it is just making big plays in big time situations. There were plays that presented themselves tonight and we just have to execute, we have to make those plays if we want to beat Big Ten football teams.

On the quarterback-designed plays...
It is called from the side lines before the snap but if something changes than I have options too.

On the pass interference calls...
I mean it is frustrating but you just have to deal with it and move on to the next play. I missed a couple throws down the field too but you can't get to caught up in past interference calls and you just have to move on to the next play.

On not finishing plays in the endzone...
Yeah, we just have to be better, work on it in practice and continue to get better every single week. We have to get in the end zone that's crucial.

Indiana senior kicker Griffin Oakes

On struggling here at Michigan State two years ago and if he gained confidence with his performance today...
I mean that was two years ago, I was a little pup back then in my opinion. I have seen a lot of things, and I knew coming into this that this was a game that I struggled in. I wanted to do everything in my power to be able to perform to the best of my abilities, but obviously I would have traded a couple of those field goals for touchdowns, but that's alright.

On team morale after the loss...
It's quiet, it's quiet just like any other locker room would be, but we'll be fine we'll take a deep breath and come back tomorrow and fix the adjustments and we'll be alright.

On their schedule this season and how they'll respond...
Obviously we can play anybody in this conference, it's been obvious for years now and there are just little things that we have to figure out. I don't know what it is, because you know I don't coach, but there's a couple things that we just have to fix and I am excited about the last couple games in the season.

On the performance of special teams...
I think we played awesome in my opinion. I always tell them if we can go through a game without anybody really noticing us, and it being a positive that they aren't noticing us than that is a good game for us.

On Peyton (Ramsey) and his play...
I am super impressed with him coming in from another country and coming into hostile environments like these, and performing just like a seasoned vet would, it has been very impressive to me.



 

 

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