December 30, 2012

Video: Dantonio, players postgame press conference

EAST LANSING - Michigan State has lost more close games than it has won in 2012, but those experiences prepared the Spartans for their 17-16 victory over TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

"The thing that was impressive to me was we stayed composed all the way through to the end," Dantonio said. "We won against Wisconsin very close. We won against Boise State very close. So our guys have won. It's just that sometimes when you lose, it sort of gets magnified for all of us."

Michigan State's come-from-behind win over the Horned Frogs played out much like last season's Outback Bowl victory over Georgia.

"Very similar to last year's bowl game where we bounced back," said Dantonio. "Continue to say it all along, we have great chemistry on our football team, great leadership at the ground level, which to me is players' level. We pushed through the tough times.

"I thought we came out and played much better the second half obviously. I thought Connor Cook did a nice job with a 90-yard drive, gave us a little bit of momentum. We ran the ball more effectively. Came up with a big turnover on special teams. Got it in there for the lead. Dan Conroy makes a clutch catch at the end. Just keep bouncing back. Very, very proud of our football team."

The decision to play Cook at quarterback on the game's final scoring drive came down to a gut feeling as well as the redshirt freshman's ability to extend plays with his feet.

"I had a feeling on that situation," said Dantonio. "We had a go with a guy that had moved us a little bit.
TCU has an excellent defense, they really do. We couldn't get loose. Connor completes four passes, I think, four of 11. Andrew completes five. It's not like we were ripping them.

"Felt like that was the best thing to do at that time. Maybe more importantly, we felt like he could scramble a little better than Andrew. We needed to get in field goal position. So that's the way we went. We came out on top."

Click below for Michigan State's postgame press conference, which includes Dantonio, Le'Veon Bell, William Gholston, Dan Conroy, and Max Bullough.

EAST LANSING - Michigan State has lost more close games than it has won in 2012, but those experiences prepared the Spartans for their 17-16 victory over TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
"The thing that was impressive to me was we stayed composed all the way through to the end," Dantonio said. "We won against Wisconsin very close. We won against Boise State very close. So our guys have won. It's just that sometimes when you lose, it sort of gets magnified for all of us."

Michigan State's come-from-behind win over the Horned Frogs played out much like last season's Outback Bowl victory over Georgia.

"Very similar to last year's bowl game where we bounced back," said Dantonio. "Continue to say it all along, we have great chemistry on our football team, great leadership at the ground level, which to me is players' level. We pushed through the tough times.

"I thought we came out and played much better the second half obviously. I thought Connor Cook did a nice job with a 90-yard drive, gave us a little bit of momentum. We ran the ball more effectively. Came up with a big turnover on special teams. Got it in there for the lead. Dan Conroy makes a clutch catch at the end. Just keep bouncing back. Very, very proud of our football team."

The decision to play Cook at quarterback on the game's final scoring drive came down to a gut feeling as well as the redshirt freshman's ability to extend plays with his feet.

"I had a feeling on that situation," said Dantonio. "We had a go with a guy that had moved us a little bit.
TCU has an excellent defense, they really do. We couldn't get loose. Connor completes four passes, I think, four of 11. Andrew completes five. It's not like we were ripping them.

"Felt like that was the best thing to do at that time. Maybe more importantly, we felt like he could scramble a little better than Andrew. We needed to get in field goal position. So that's the way we went. We came out on top."

Click below for Michigan State's postgame press conference, which includes Dantonio, Le'Veon Bell, William Gholston, Dan Conroy, and Max Bullough.





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