Quotes from the match-up with Purdue, 11/10/2007
Nov. 10, 2007
Mark Dantonio, Head Coach
On the game
~ It was a big, big win for us. We've obviously had some disappointing losses the last couple of weeks. We had a great game without turnovers. I give Purdue a lot of credit because they kept coming and they are well coached. We had good balance between rushing and passing. Our offense responded whenever they needed to today. I am very proud of our players.
On the offensive game plan
~ I knew we had to be balanced offensively to win. I give credit to Brock Spack and their defense. It really was the turnovers that helped us.
On the fake field goal and punt
~ I felt we had to do whatever we needed to to win this football game. We had to take some chances. Purdue has great coaching, but we had good execution when we took chances today.
Brian Hoyer, Quarterback
On team's emotions entering the game
~ We talked all week about channeling our anger and frustration into this game, and not only that but finishing the game. We came out and played hard and tough for four quarters. Our defense came up big in the end and made two huge stops, and offensively we were able to do what we wanted to do.
On his play
~ I think I took the most relaxed approach I have taken all year long and just tried to be loose. I think that helped me out a little bit. I was a little more focused out there and hopefully that is something that I will be able to hold onto the rest of the year.
Jehuu Caulcrick, Running Back
On becoming bowl eligible
~ It feels very good. Unfortunately, it is something that we haven't had the opportunity to do. Having the opportunity now feels great. It has been a collective effort. We just have to try to add on that and put ourselves in a best position possible.
JOE TILLER, Purdue Head Coach
~ "It takes a long way to win any football game, and Michigan State hit all the right buttons today. On that fake punt we actually had our defense on the field; we were in the "safe" mode. So theoretically speaking, we should have been able to stop them and we didn't."
...on the special teams' performance.
~ "As good as we were last week in the kicking game, we were bad this week. That's part of growing up as a football team."
...on Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer.
~ "He did a great job. He was extremely accurate today and we didn't do anything to disrupt either his throwing rhythm or the routes. When that happens, it's almost like playing catch."
...on Purdue's senior class.
~ "They are a group of great guys. I told them in the locker room that even though they didn't finish their home-stand the way they wanted to, the good news is that they get to play for the Oaken Bucket next week. I'm going to count on my seniors."
CURTIS PAINTER, Quarterback
...on Michigan State slowing down Purdue's offense.
~ "We had trouble putting plays together. We would have a few big plays, but on some drives we would have to settle for field goals after we couldn't convert on third down. The turnovers put our defense in terrible position, and Michigan State scored on all of them."
...on feeling pressure in playing from behind.
~ "It doesn't put more pressure on us because we want to score every time we have the ball. When you are behind and you don't score, it just makes it more obvious."
...on the emphasis on next week's Oaken Bucket game at Indiana.
~ "We'll treat it like any other game. It is a rivalry game, which is always emotional, but we have to focus on the game and not worry about the bowl situation."
DORIEN BRYANT, Wide Receiver
...on Michigan State limiting Purdue's kickoff returns.
~ "It wasn't what they did, it was what we didn't do. We didn't execute, and because of that, we didn't get the field position that we wanted."
...on his final home game at Purdue.
~ "I just wish we could've gotten more out of it."
JOSH FERGUSON, Linebacker
...on the defense's outlook regarding Michigan State's running attack.
~ "Everyone knows they have a great running game and our main focus was trying to stop it. They have two great (running) backs, and I thought we did a great job in slowing them down."
...on Michigan State's play-action passing.
~ "We lost focus on what we needed to do. We executed in practice during the week, but we lost focus during the game today and it showed."
...on playing his final home game.
~ "I feel bad. I wanted to go out with a win. It was my last time being on the field, and it was unfortunate that we couldn't do it. We have to get our heads up, because we have one more game and we have to win the bucket."