BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Michigan State has lost consecutive games for the first time since 2013 after falling 24-21 in overtime at Indiana on Saturday night.
Spartans coach Mark Dantonio was left understandably frustrated with the outcome. Here’s what he had to say:
On losing momentum and fighting back: “It always goes in one direction or the other, and they got momentum going in the fourth quarter. I’m proud of our guys, how we fought back and everything, but at this point in time, we’ve got to start clawing our way to victory. There’s no easy way to victory.”
On the mistakes that lost the game: “We’ve got to do things right. Can’t jump offsides. Can’t have holding penalties. Gotta make a kick. Can’t take two sacks in overtime. There’s a lot of different things there that we need to get fixed, and that all falls on my shoulders, so we’ll start with me.”
On looking ahead to BYU: “I was worried about the BYU game not being a conference game, that there would be a foot off the accelerator, that type of thing. We can’t afford to have that happen. I think we’ve got everybody’s attention at this point in time. We need to get ourselves ready to play and play well.”
On the overtime session and leaping penalty that gave Indiana another chance: “At the end of the game, the way it all went down … ugh. The way it all went down, they miss the field goal … whatever.”
On the effort of his players: “We played hard. I’m not faulting that. We played hard. I always talk about the inches. We’ve got two opportunities to hit 60-, 70-yard passes. The ball’s on the money, but about an inch too far and the wide receiver can’t hang on. (Freshman Donnie) Corley drops one. He’s a great receiver. He’ll be a great one. But he dropped one that would’ve went the distance.”
Final thoughts on the game: “Ineffective running the football in the first half. Missed opportunities. Hurt ourselves with 70 yards of penalties in the first half. Second half, we ended up with I think 11 penalties, some crucial ones. Tyler O’Connor gets a first down taken back, and then we have to punt it, so that’s another missed scoring opportunity. Things like that just kept setting us back.”