November 6, 2011

VIDEO: Bullough, teammates learn from close call

EAST LANSING - Mark Dantonio and his assistants preach the importance of positive energy on the sideline during the course of the game.

But for a good chunk of the first half at Spartan Stadium on Saturday, Minnesota possessed a clear advantage in sideline demeanor. Riding a wave of momentum from their upset victory over Iowa in a trophy game the previous weekend, the Golden Gophers jumped out to a 7-0 lead with the help of uncharacteristically poor tackling by the Michigan State defense. Minnesota made the most of a short field and a quick change of a possession to turn an Edwin Baker fumble the second of two first quarter touchdowns for the Golden Gophers.

"We had a slow start early, and I myself kind of take responsibility for it because I was kind of flat," explained sophomore middle linebacker Max Bullough. "Then they scored that seven and I was really angry, I was really upset, and I didn't do anything about it. I was kind of one of those guys that sat there and was all bothered sitting on the bench by myself."

Following Minnesota's initial scoring drive, Bullough got an earful from linebacker coach Mike Tressel.

"He just told me to be strong, stop showing so much frustration, and kind of to grow up," recalled the first-year starter. "He told me to be a man out there, and I needed that."

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