Oct. 30, 2010
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio
"Obviously a disappointing performance by us today. We are still an 8-1 football team and that is something that we need to recognize. We have to make plays. The game started out badly with the reverse and not getting off the field on a third down. To me, we need to run the ball effectively and we can't turn the ball over three times and not get anything done on defense. You can't win if you can't sack the quarterback. You can't win if you can't stop the run. There were just too many of those things. Did we come unprepared? I don't think so. Did things snowball on us? I guess they did. The beauty of playing football needs to be that when you get knocked down, you get back up, that is what life teaches you. Everybody has been patting us on the back for quite a few weeks here, so now they will kick us to the curb a little bit. We will respond and be ready to play next week and move forward. Congratulations to Iowa, they played very well. I do think our football team will handle this. The reason I thought our team was special when I said this to them in February was because we can handle adversity and that has to take place now. We will find out a little bit more about ourselves next week."
Did you see this coming this week?
"No, I did not see this coming. Our guys prepared mentally and emotionally. We came like we always have but when things start to snowball on you it's hard to stop it and that's what I think we ran into. When you have an interception and runback for a touchdown, things start to snowball on you. We still have a lot of great opportunities in front of us. We are still an 8-1 football team and we have to recognize that."
On Iowa execution in the first half...
"I think about everything went right. I was impressed with their secondary and getting off the blocks. Obviously their front four are probably one of the better ones, if not the best one in the Big Ten. I think compared to the teams we have played against, Iowa has the best front four. They are a well-coached football team and they didn't beat themselves and we beat ourselves. They play very good football here (at Kinnick Stadium). We have to play well against a good football team and need to have good things happen early too."
What did you learn about your football team today?
"We aren't going to learn about our team right now. Right now everyone is hurting, our coaches and our players. Nobody likes to come in and play like this or coach like this. We will find out about ourselves next week. I don't think right now is a good time to judge. The proof of our team will be in how we play next week."