Post-Game Quotes: Michigan
 
 
 

 

 
 

Nov. 2, 2013

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Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio

Opening Statements...
It was a great football day for Michigan State. I just want to congratulate our football team and what they were able to accomplish tonight. A lot of passion goes into this football game. It was a much closer game than the score would indicate at the end. I thought it was a good football game, a well-played game in terms of two teams playing extremely hard. We talked all week about keeping the lion in the cage, just peaking at game time. Don't worry about all the things that are being said, just keep your mouth shut, get ready to play, start the game and finish stronger than when you started. We were going to let the lion out of the cage at 3:30 and that's what happened. We got stronger as the game continued.

I thought, obviously defensively, we played an outstanding football game. They made a couple of plays but weren't able to run the ball. We had seven sacks and continued to keep pressure on throughout. It sets up everything for our offense. We had opportunities in the first half, two great kicks by Mike Geiger. I guess it's at six, but we come out the second half and we start making a little hay with the touchdown, a big gain on R.J. Shelton's huge run, obviously Jeremy Langford's run puts it out of reach, the drive by Connor Cook going down the field, the catch by Bennie (Fowler) and (Mike) Sadler keeps punting the ball extremely well, inside the 10. Really, the game was played predominately at their end of the field in the second half. Things are going to happen when that happens. There was a great play by Darqueze Dennard, turning them away at the end when they could've gotten two eight-point scores to tie it up at 22. When you look at things statistically, it's pretty one-sided and that's the way we like them.

On Michigan's consistently better perception despite losing five in the last six times...
I can just tell you that we do what we do. There are guys that they have on their football team that we haven't offered, let's get that straight right now. There are guys on our football team that they've never offered, so it's what you do with the players that come and what they're belief system is. Our guys are believing.

We believe on offense. We've got a quarterback who's resilient, who can make plays. He's young; he's still growing with a big opportunity to grow this game. We've got our receivers catching the football. We've got a running back running, a couple guys in there, and our offensive line is playing pretty well.

Defensively, we've just been dominant. They haven't scored a touchdown in the last three weeks, so we really have been dominant. In modern football, you just don't see that very often and that's a credit to our staff, Coach Narduzzi and his defensive staff, Coach Burton, Coach Tressel, Coach Barnett and our graduate assistants, and it's also a credit to our players, how they're able to adjust midstream and play with confidence. There's a certain amount of talent out there, but when you tack on confidence and the belief in the system and each other, great things are possible. I think we saw that today.

We just tried to stay out of all the issues with the UM-Michigan State rivalry, all the talk, and I think, for the most part, it was a pretty clean-played game. That was a positive to see.

On the strengths of the defense...
I think that we've grown. We've been good for three years, when you've got guys like Greg Jones and some of the other guys that have played for us. 2010, we were very good, '11, '12, now those guys who were freshman in 2010 and 2011, redshirt freshman in 2012, they've now grown up and they're in the system. They're three years into the system so they're able to adjust. On a good pass rush we bring pressure. We're not afraid to bring pressure. We've got a good scheme, but it's the players who make plays. Ultimately, Darqueze Dennard makes the play of the game, turning them away. It gets a lot closer if they score right there, but it sort of changes everything. We drive it out of there and get a quick first down. R.J. Shelton, who's a true freshman, pops one and then Langford hits one. It ends like that. I can't say why, but Spartans will, I guess.

On the series after the interception where Michigan was continually driven backward...
It was a big play of the game. We threw a pick. They got a good run back on it, but defensively, it's just that attitude, that confidence aspect, and things happen sometimes, whether that's a great call or a great effort. Things happen and next thing you know, it's fourth and 31. I would say that the turnover is negated and we get the ball back and pretty good field position. We went down and scored.

On the importance of the early field goals from freshman kicker Michael Geiger...
There's pressure on a young man at this level, for a first-time Michigan game. Keep in mind, he hadn't kicked a field goal since the Iowa game, hadn't attempted one. So to come in a kick two for two like that, it got his confidence going. He believes in himself. The football team believes in him as well and it was big. He was looking forward to try and run that two-pointer in though.

On Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner...
Devin's a great football player. He's a guy that can create, but at the same time, everyone has weaknesses. We looked for weaknesses and tried to exploit them. They're struggling on offensive line a little bit with people who've gotten hurt. They're playing younger players, but Devin's a great football player. We just got him on the ground. There were seven sacks; that's a lot of sacks. When you look at it, he scrambled for some others that could've been sacks. Big positive, dominant day by our defense, they made a couple catches downfield, but we're just there to make it. We're chasing excellence.

On the importance of the fans...
I thought our crowd came to play today. They had their game face on from the get go. I thought they were passionate. They were excited and it was deafening down there. You couldn't hear. It was a great crowd by our Spartan Nation. I almost tweeted out, `Rise up, Spartan Nation.' Instead, I think I'll tweet, `Walk the streets...but don't burn any couches.'

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke

On his team compiling -48 total rushing yards against Michigan State's defense...
Lot of negative yardage plays. There were some pretty good runs once in a while in there, but when you snap the ball for a 20-yard loss and you get sacked I don't know how many times, so your yardage part of it isn't very good. You put yourself behind the eight ball a little bit not executing, and then you're forced into doing some things you don't want to do the whole time. It's not just the [offensive] line. There's backs involved, there's routes involved, there's timing. All of those issues are a part of it. What do we have to do? We've got to get better. I think we didn't execute as well as they did.

On the status of his starting quarterback Devin Gardner after today's game...
He got pounded a little bit, and he was a warrior out there that last drive before the interception at the end, and did a nice job getting us down the field. He had taken a lot of shots earlier in the game, and he's a little bit warn out. I wouldn't say he has an injury. I'd say beat up. If that's an injury, that's an injury.

His opinion on why Michigan lost the game 29-6...
I think our kids played hard. I didn't think we executed very well. And there's 8-to-6 plays in a game like this that are going to make a difference. And when you go back and when you watch it again, you'll see that there's 8-to-6 plays that made a difference in the game; that from a standpoint of momentum, standpoint of confidence and what you want to do, that's part of it.

On giving up a late first-half touchdown to Michigan State that put the Spartans up for good...
That was a disappointing drive there at the end of the half. It drives you crazy. You give up points right at the end of the half. It was disappointing.

On the play of Michigan State's defense throughout today's game...
We've had a lot of respect for their defense all week going in to this game. I talked to Max Bullough afterwards because he's one of the guys I like to watch play football. So we have a lot of respect for them.

His opinion on the status of this rivalry now that Michigan State has won five out of the last six matchups...
We've got to keep working. I don't think there is a gap. I think they played awfully well and executed awfully well. I don't think we did.

Michigan State offensive coordinator Dave Warner

Opening Comments in regards to offensive performance...
Early on it felt like we were going up against the best defense we've faced this year. I think early in the game it was very evident because we couldn't rush the ball. As the game progressed we started to be able to throw the ball around a little bit and had some success which opened up the run game. Nothing was more pleasing than the drive at the end of the game to put things away. Jeremy Langford continues to rush the ball very well for us but obviously that was a full team effort.

On the performance of sophomore Connor Cook...
Connor's been resilient this year. Like any quarterback going through his first year as a starter you're going to have your ups and downs but up until this point he's had a heck of a lot more ups than he has downs. Regardless of how he started out he's finished strong. No quarterback is going to be perfect but he led us to scoring a handful of points. So we're happy he's playing the way he is right now. The neat thing is he's only got a few starts under his belt so he's going to keep getting better.

On how rewarding this success is to the offense after its early season struggles...
It's very rewarding. It's guys making plays is what it is. It's guys coming of age and settling in as an offense. Each position is coming around, especially our receivers. I'm happy for our offense and it all goes back to our defense. They're helping us out a lot by putting us in good field position. I'm happy for our guys on offense.

On whether as a play caller he dials it down knowing the defense is playing so well ...
At certain points in the game it does. At the end of the game that becomes a factor, not so much at the beginning of the game. You guys may not see it but we could probably be a little bit more aggressive knowing that our guys on defense can stop people if you make a mistake.

On how big it's been having senior wide receiver Bennie Fowler contribute at such a high level...
Bennie has come on and played very well these last couple weeks and you can see that it coincides with us playing well offensively. When the quarterbacks and receivers get a feel for each other and gain some confidence it makes a big difference. We've hit some fade routes these last couple of weeks along with some crease routes and some things that we weren't hitting earlier in the year.

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi

Initial comments on defensive performance ...
I want to first thank our fans for all their support we couldn't do it without them. It was a heck of a ball game and I'm proud of everyone on our football team. Defensively we played like we should play and we got the results.

On the response by the Spartan defense after Connor Cook threw an interception in the third quarter ...
It was a sudden change situation that has you going, oh gosh. Our guys took the field though and played three downs in which we attacked them. Once that fourth quarter hit we talked about winning that last quarter and we did. Our guys did one heck of a job.

On whether he anticipated that type of defensive beat-down...
I don't think you ever anticipate it. They have a good football team, but we have a great football team.

On how he shut down Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner...
We played our defense. There were no surprises. We saw what we saw on tape and executed. On whether this defense has exceeded his expectations...
There's no question. You never think you're going to be that good. Our kids fight their tails off every day in practice. We had another good week of practice and now we have a week off from games but we'll come back and have another good week of practice and then another one after that and get ready for Nebraska.

On Ed Davis's strong defensive play today...
Ed is a guy that is going to be a great football player for us in the future. He's a good player now but just doesn't get all the snaps because of the guys in front of him. Ed is a guy that we know can pressure the quarterback when we send him and can cover when we ask him to cover people.

On what it's like having an elite pass rusher like Shilique Calhoun part of the defense...
He's elite there's no doubt about that. It really helps out your four man pressure. When you have a guy that can make something happen on every play you don't feel like you have to bring the house on every play. Julian Peterson was in the locker room afterwards and that's the kind of guys he looks like. He's a great player.

Michigan State senior linebacker Max Bullough

Thoughts on the physical beat down...
Yeah it feels good, anytime you can press the quarterback like we did. You talk about how it was a physical beat down out here. I think anyone watching or in the game would agree with you. Yeah and that is a complete game for us.

On responding as a defense after the interception...
Coach Narduzzi said it, we're excited to play, we are excited to be out there. We take the mindset that in those situations they think they have the advantage, they think they are going to score they think they are going to do. It is a momentum change for them. If we go out there and we stuff them, we are going to keep them from even scoring a field goal, it's double. It takes away theirs and it gives us momentum. It is just an opportunity for us to change the game. As a unit you don't have a much better time to change the game as you do in a sudden change and it is an opportunity that we took advantage of.

On the domination...
Yeah, we did a pretty good job on them. We have been able to do a pretty good job against all of their quarterbacks. You mentioned Denard Robinson, it is just about guys doing their job, guys being disciplined, and guys making up for mistakes by hustling and we did that.

On stopping the Wolverine offense...
I can name the offenses again if you want me to. We can go back to Indiana, Notre Dame, but no Michigan is a good offense. They put up points; they are one of the best offenses in the country going into this game; just like they have been every year. So we are just ready to take it week-by-week. We have a bye week and then Taylor Martinez who has torched us the last couple years. We haven't been able to beat Nebraska. So we have another challenge ahead of us. But we are taking it week-by-week like Coach (Dantonio) said.

Thoughts on beating Michigan in his senior year... You know this will last the rest of my life. But we have a few more games left. The Rose Bowl is going to last the rest of my life.

Michigan State senior linebacker Denicos Allen

On beating Michigan in his senior year...
I couldn't ask for anything more. You know I have been looking forward to this game the whole season, actually since the last time when we lost to them at their place. I have been looking forward to this game. I knew this was going to be my last one. To go out with a win like this I couldn't ask for nothing more. I give all props to my teammates.

Thoughts on the frustration on the Michigan sideline...
Oh yeah, we definitely felt the frustration coming from them. Every time (Devin) Gardner would get hit. He would kind of get up with this look of frustration and kind of doubt.

Thoughts on the Michigan difference...
No I wouldn't say so. I just blitz more aggressive. It is Michigan; it is always something a little extra when we play Michigan. That is pretty much it.

Thoughts on performance of Mike Sadler...
He is a great asset, punter is the most important player in the game. I think that he is the best punter in the Big Ten. He always gets us real to close to their end zone and good field position. We capitalize on that that really feeds us. That gets us hyped up and motivates us that we are going to make a stop down there and give our offense good field position.

On Fitz Toussaint's "little brother" quote...
I think you just do it for attention. We don't really care too much about that because when we get on the field, it is us versus them. You can call us what you want, call us little brother, big brother. But when it is on the field we show who is the big brother is and who is the little brother.

Michigan State senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard

On the performance being the best this season...
I definitely think it is. We basically lived in the backfield; the front seven did a great job stopping the run, basically contained Devin Gardner. We just did a great job stopping them, containing them, and making plays when they were there.

Thoughts on stopping Michigan's Jeremy Gallon...
We just had to make some changes. They kind of hid him for a minute. We just went to the sideline and made some changes, some great sideline adjustments by Coach Narduzzi and Coach Barnett do. Just made the adjustments and went out and played.

On the interception...
I think it was a little bit of both. You have to give credit to the defensive line and the linebackers getting pressure. He threw it hot because the defensive was pretty much back in the backfield. It was my turn and I made the play. I just made it.

Thoughts on importance of the defensive line today stopping Devin Gardner...
It was very critical. He is a good player, watching his past games on film. He did a great job on the ground and doing it in the pass. We knew coming in we just had to stop him. He was the key to the offense. He basically just runs the offense and we knew we just had to stop him. If we stop him we pretty much win the game.

Michigan State sophomore quarterback Connor Cook

On not being sharp to start the game but sticking with it...
I just went into this game with the main focus on being poised. No matter what was going to go on, early in the game, late in the game. I talked to some people and they just said to be poised. I thought I was resilient like I have been and I thought I remained poised throughout the whole game.

On who he talked to after the interception...
I talked to my QB coach, other QBs, talked to some wideouts and O-lineman, pretty much a lot of my teammates. Stupid play, probably shouldn't have thrown it. It was a good play by the corner on that too. Just gotta put it behind you and move forward.

On getting acclimated to a rivalry environment...
That just goes for every game you're playing in. You have the butterflies for the first couple snaps and then you get into a groove and that's what I thought we did as an offense today.

On MSU controlling their own destiny after the start to the year...
It just shows you the character that we have as a whole team. I feel like we're really resilient on offense. Our defense has set the tone all year and if they continue to set the tone and if our offense keeps building on our past performances I think we'll run the table but we just have to focus on week at a time, one team at a time and just focus on that and I think we'll be good.

On how much he watches the defense on the sideline...
I just watch on the jumbotron. Pretty much all I saw was them in the backfield the whole game. That's a good feeling, just knowing our defense can play so well against such a good team. We've gone against them for the past - well I've gone against them for the past three years. I think we continue to say that as an offense that we go against them every single day, we've gone against them for the past however many years and we do good against them. So if we do good against them, we can do good against any defense in the country and I think that's what we did today.

On if the feeling he had after the last touchdown was the best he's ever felt on the field...
That's the best I've ever felt playing the game of football. The rivalry, the tradition, the way we physically beat Michigan, it just felt good.

On how Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner faced pressure all game and he had better protection...
Just watching that, it was almost like Devin couldn't even breathe. I know when Kirk (Cousins) was a quarterback, we were running the table then and I think that's when our defense realized how good they can be. I know before the Ohio State game in 2011, we won there, Kirk gave a talk to the whole team saying `I want you guys as a defense to not let the quarterback for Ohio State breathe because I've had that feeling before'- this is Kirk talking. He's had that feeling and there's no worse feeling in the game of football when you feel like you can't breathe and the defense is just going down your throat the entire game. I think our defense didn't let him breathe and it's just a good feeling seeing how great our defense played.

On the touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler that was dropped and then the later touchdown pass to Fowler...
I didn't say anything to coaches, it was just two minute offense. I didn't say anything to the coaches saying we should go back to him but I knew we were going to go back to him because our team has full faith in him and he's been a leader for us all season long. He perseveres, he'll drop a ball and he has a short term memory too. He'll put that aside and make a big play the next play down the line.

On Andrew Maxwell getting the final snap...
Andrew's been great to me. It just felt good to see him go out there and take a knee as a senior.

Michigan State senior wide receiver Bennie Fowler

On today being a complete team win...
This is definitely a complete win. Defense, they continued to do what they do. Offensively, we were able to move the ball in the air and we were also able to move the ball on the ground so it's a complete game all around.

On what the win means to him with the year he had had...
It means a lot. The ups and downs we've had and been able to play strong today and be there for Connor (Cook) and make plays, it means a lot.

On celebrating the win...
This win still means a lot. How excited everybody was in the locker room you could tell how much the game means. We still have some unfinished business, we haven't beaten Nebraska since they've been there so we still have unfinished business.

On his 25-yard reception when Cook scrambled to find him...
I heard that he had to roll out and he threw it back across the field. I just saw an open window and I knew he trusted me to catch the ball. I'm just proud of him and him stepping in the pocket and playing well. From what they had given us all game, we knew that digs (routes) were a good thing.

On talking to Cook after his interception...
Yeah I talked to him but I knew he wasn't going to get rattled. I just wanted to continue to say we have to finish this game and continue to move the ball and we were able to do that the next possession.

On the feeling of the team after having close losses last year...
Unfinished business. We are 8-1 right now, just beat a great rival, Michigan. But we still have unfinished business, we still gotta play Nebraska and we still owe them something because we haven't beat them. We have to continue to get better.

On the season he's had...
Pretty much after the first game, it's pretty much been a high rise besides me hurting my hamstring against Indiana. I'm just glad we're winning games and that's all that matters.

Michigan State red-shirt freshman kicker Michael Geiger

On his confidence after today...
No doubt it's something to build off of. Definitely the biggest game I've played in, the most important kicks I've had so just use those and move forward.

On not having attempted a field goal for the past couple games...
To be honest, in practice I think about it. Maybe a little anxious, `hey I haven't kicked in a while.' You might let self-doubt creep in but the guys around us keep me motivated and they say `we're going to need you this weekend,' keep reassuring me and I know that if I'm prepared I'll be able to execute.

On the importance of his kicks in today's game...
Points early in the game are always important. I knew going out for those kicks that they were going to be very important moving forward. I was just very fortunate, very lucky to come out and seize my opportunity.

Michigan State sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun On Devin Gardner against the Michigan State defense...
I would say that I could see that he was realizing that we were there. He understood that we were coming after him and that we weren't going to stop. We were going to try to be dominant from the first snap to the last. Like we always say, it's not how you start the game, it's how you finish it and unfortunately, he wasn't able to finish the game. On good sportsmanship during the game...
Good sportsmanship is a big key in this game and I just wanted to show that I still have respect for them. I'm always going to have respect for my opponents and I just wanted to show him that even after I hit him, I want to show him, hey listen, I still have respect for you. No matter how you act towards me, I'm going to give you the respect that I feel like I deserve. On being up against offensive lineman Taylor Lewan... I don't remember how many times I went up against him, it was numerous times, but he's a great offensive tackle. He works well with his hands and he run blocks also very well. I was just trying to come off the ball, get around him, and try to create a pressure for my team and I feel like I was able to do that. When I wasn't able to do that, other members of my team were able to so I was pretty excited. On the success of the Michigan State defense... I'll say that we were dominant. That's where I'll leave it at. We were very dominant and very successful with stopping the run and trying to contain [Devin] Gardner, so we'll leave it at that.

Michigan State junior safety Kurtis Drummond

On Michigan's offense...
They have good receivers. We have some great corners, though - tough, physical guys who are going to get in your face at the line. On the big plays, I feel like we were in the position but we just have to make plays on the ball. That just comes down to us.

On the dominance of the defense...
I would say that we played a pretty complete game minus the few big passes that we gave up. I would say that we were pretty dominant.

On the win and the rest of the season...
I think I will let this one sink in for a little bit. It's nice to have the bye week but we definitely still have goals ahead of us and beating Michigan - it was a goal, but it isn't the ultimate goal of the year. We have to let this one sink in and then be onto the next one.

Michigan State sophomore fullback Trevon Pendleton

On the rivalry...
People that I only knew for a limited amount of time are coming up to me telling me how important this means to them. It really just opens your eyes to the perspective of things and having success against them, there's no feeling like it. It's a great feeling. Honestly, it's bragging rights for the next year. They win and it's bragging rights for the next year for them and everyone lets it be known. There is no sugar-coating it. Everyone knows what this rivalry is about. It really feels good to go out and get the "W."

On the first play of the game...
It was actually not an option on that play. I blocked a guy and I got up and I saw that Connor [Cook] was scrambling trying to make a play, Connor's great at buying time and letting his receivers do work for him, and I just tried to make myself available and luckily, Connor looked back my way and happened to see me and just threw the ball to me. After that, I just tried to make a play with it.

On what was going through his head during the play...
Well, I played nothing but running back in high school. I never really had the lead blocks, so I'm used to running the green grass. Once I get there, I'm used to letting my natural abilities take over and just making a play. I wasn't really thinking much just out there reacting to what they were doing and to make a play the best I could.

Michigan State sophomore linebacker Ed Davis

On the feeling of victory... Last year, it was kind of a hard feeling because we let it slip away at the end. But this year, to beat them how we did, it feels great. It's the best feeling.

On the defense not giving up a touchdown to Michigan... It means a lot. We came into the first start of the week (saying) `they do not score at Spartan Stadium', and we held to that and I'm proud of my teammates.

Michigan junior outside linebacker Jake Ryan

On the team not taking advantage of junior cornerback Raymon Taylor's interception...
That was definitely a momentum changer, but again we didn't create enough turnovers for our offense. That was one huge thing we needed to do in this game, and I don't think that as a defense we did that.

Was the difference in today's game the running game?
I don't think that's true at all. I think it's who's tougher, is what it comes down to. We played a tough game, but, like I said, it came down to who wanted it more and who played their technique better, and that's something we definitely need to improve on these weeks coming up.

When you're saying it comes down to who wanted it more, who's tougher, are you saying that Michigan State was tougher ?
No, I mean we didn't play the game we wanted to play. We need to go 100% every single play and there were some plays we didn't do that and they came out with the win.

Michigan junior middle linebacker Desmond Morgan

On the overall performance of the defense...
It was a lack of execution on both sides of the ball. I know specifically I can speak on behalf of us as a defense that there were opportunities to be had and we didn't capitalize. When you don't capitalize on a game like this in a championship run, obviously things aren't going to turn out the way you like. I think it was a physical game, yes. I think our guys gave great effort and came in with the mentality to be physical and I think they did play physical. But like I said, it's a lack of execution. There were things we had to capitalize on, opportunities that we had that we didn't come through with, and that's what hurts. I'm not thinking of one play in specific. You know it's holding the rope on both sides of the ball. It's a team sport for a reason. I can speak more on behalf of the defense because where I play at, but I know there's opportunities we had to hold our end up and capitalize and stuff on key third downs and we didn't do it.

On the emotion he feels at the end of the game...
I mean, any game you play, especially of this magnitude, there's going to be a lot of emotions. I think anger and frustration are both two that definitely run through my mind right now. But at the end of the day, you've got to move forward. We have four more important games on our schedule and a great matchup with Nebraska next weekend, and that's what we're going to start thinking about.

You've said that if you don't win a conference championship then it's a failed season. You're two and a half games behind MSU right now. How does that affect you emotionally...
We move forward. Like I said, we have four very important games on our schedule left, and that's what's under our control at this point. Obviously there's other things that we would need to happen that aren't in our control, but we can only control so much. We know that the next four weeks are what control at this point. So moving forward from this loss, learning from it, and coming out to face a good Nebraska team next week is what's going to be on our mind.

Michigan senior left tackle Taylor Lewan

You talked earlier this week about not getting bullied. How would you describe this game?
Yeah, I think that's exactly what it was. I think a lot of this game absolutely falls on this offensive line. They ran a bunch of group blitzes, a lot of the same blitzes they ran in 2011. A lot of barrel crosses, couple of corner sharks here and there, a couple of WILL cats, especially barrel double crosses, but when it came down to it we couldn't pick it up. That's our job.

Did Michigan State's defense make changes as the game went on?
I don't think they changed anything, I don't know if we changed anything, we just got to compete on every single down. It's a matter of straightening that extra half a second. There's a couple of runs where Fitz (Toussaint) really could have broke out, we need to straighten that much more on blocks. These guys will get it, they will, but this is going to sting for a little bit. That's what happens.

What is your general impression of your team right now?
We just have to compete better, that's really what it comes down to. We've really got to compete and understand that every block could be the block, every run could be the run, or every pass or every catch. And that's just being from an offensive perspective because I'm on offense, but that's really what it comes down to - what are you going to do with that one play? There's 67 plays in a game that can win or lose you a championship.

On Michigan's total rushing yardage (-48) and is Shilique Calhoun tough to block?
I think we had a couple runs here and there. A lot of it came from sacks, and that snap; that all comes into play when it comes to rushing yards. Obviously we didn't do a good job rushing the ball today. He is not. They only put him on me a couple of times, I really didn't have a problem with him at all.