Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio elaborated on two huge calls/mistakes that hurt the Spartans in the 24-21 overtime loss to Indiana this past week.
Not only did the Spartans lose their second in a row, but star DL Malik McDowell will have to miss the first half of Saturday’s BYU game because of a targeting call. On Monday during his weekly morning radio interview on WJR-AM (760) in Detroit, Dantonio seemed to defend McDowell on the play while still understanding the decision is out of his hands.
“That’s difficult to say because there’s not roughing the passer, certainly. The guy’s 6-foot-7 and he’s bending and hitting him with his shoulder pad, his head’s down.” Dantonio said. “They said his crown was down. They reviewed it. There’s no appeals process. It’s unfortunate but I’ve got my hands full with the decisions I can control. I can’t control some of the other things that go on, so I have to deal with it. He’ll be out the first half and he’ll play the second half, so we all understand the ramifications of that. It is what it is. ”
This is the hit that got Malik McDowell ejected from the game … Unbelievable.https://t.co/mE0WTGCNyN
— Rob Donaldson (@DraftCharge) October 2, 2016
Michigan State also got flagged for a leaping penalty that gave Indiana a second chance to kick the winning field goal. Dantonio returned to the word “responsibility” to say how that penalty shouldn’t happen.
“We put a jumper in and to jump you’ve got to go up vertically,” Dantonio said. “You cannot go over the top and land on anybody, and he took off and landed on someone, and so the penalty flags came out.
“Just another instance where you have a responsibility, you’ve got to follow that responsibility and then you have to practice those things. You have to make sure the person you put in there is a guy who won’t do that. I suppose it’s pretty simple.”
Michigan State next plays at home against BYU at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday on ABC.