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Post-Game Quotes: Indiana

Oct. 21, 2017

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.

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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