Make it five.
Michigan State (2-5, 0-4 Big Ten) dropped yet another game Saturday, this one a 28-17 defeat to Maryland (5-2, 2-2) on the road.
Afterward, another disappointed Mark Dantonio press conference ensued. Here’s what the Michigan State coach had to say.
Opening statement: “Too many penalties on defense in the first half. That really set the tone on the first drive. We lost Riley Bullough (ejected for targeting) in the game, so we took the redshirt off of (true freshman linebacker) Joe Bachie.”
On what Maryland did well, where Michigan State failed: “I compliment and congratulate Maryland. I thought their running backs did an outstanding job. It’s tough to win a football game when two guys rush for over 100 yards. We ran the ball effectively, but too many missed opportunities in the passing game, although Lewerke made some things happen.”
On responding: “You’ve got to play the game. There’s no going back. We tell our football team there is no going back down the road. You cannot hit reset. It’s not a computer game. This is real life. There’s real tackling, real blocking, real catching the ball, those type of things.”
On the fake field goal attempt to end the first half: “I thought it was a good play. I thought they were set up for it. I thought with one second to go, it’s a 45-yarder. We’re running the ball well enough. We’re passing the ball well enough. I thought points would come. … It’s on me.”
On next weekend’s rivalry game: “We’ve got Michigan coming in next weekend. Got to get ourselves ready to play an outstanding football game if we’re to have a chance. Our guys are motivated. They will be motivated, but you have to see results on the field.”