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Post-Game Quotes: Iowa

Nov. 12, 2011

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Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio

On if there was a difference in Kirk Cousins' demeanor this year versus last year...
"No, not really. Things just happen. He was very confident last year and I thought he was very confident this year. We've been the hunted the last two years here. I think that's something that we need to understand that we are a program now that people are hunting down. Last year, we were undefeated when we walked in here, fifth the nation, and this year we were leading the division. So we've been the hunted. To push through this this year after the discouragement last year is a sign or progress and a sign of maturity."

On injuries...
"I can address that they were severe. I saw pain when I walked out there. It wasn't that they were going down. It's a physical football game. There are a lot of guys just sitting there right with their pads off right now, just sort of taking it in, but very, very tired."

On the fake field goal...
"We run them a lot, I think. I tend to think that we do maybe a little too much. We felt the time was right. It's a long field goal. Time was right. We just sort of said `why not?'"

On "being the storm"...
"I think you've got to come in mentally ready and you have to bring your emotions with you. I think that's what you have to do. However it happens, it just happens. We talked about either being the storm or weathering the storm. We didn't know which was going to happen. But we were going to have to be prepared for each, and that's what we did."

On the reverse pass...
"That game was in question. That reverse pass was to keep the foot on the gas. I just kept telling our coaches, `hey play like we're even, don't play like we're ahead, don't let our players play like we were ahead.' Keep challenging them to play in the moment and play in the present because I think sometimes you get out and ahead and you start watching the clock. We don't want to watch the clock. We want to make sure we continue to play through it. I don't know if we were watching the clock or not. I don't know how you guys feel, maybe people from Iowa don't think it was close. I, personally, thought it was a close football game in that second half and it became closer the longer it was going."

On the running game...
"I thought we were able to run the football more effectively. Le'Veon, great plays. I thought Edwin ran very well, powerful runs. I thought they ran with a mission in mind. It's all encompassing. Our team has to do this all together or it doesn't work."



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