Postgame Quotes: #17 Michigan State 34, #18 Michigan 17

Oct. 9, 2010

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• U-M coach quotes courtesy of the Michigan Sports Network postgame show
• Player quotes from the Michigan locker room

Michigan Video: Postgame Press Conference
Michigan Audio: Coach Rich Rodriguez | Sophomore QB Denard Robinson | Senior DE Ryan Van Bergen
Michigan State Audio: Coach Mark Dantonio | Junior QB Kirk Cousins

Michigan Head Coach Rich Rodriguez

On Michigan's errors ... "We hurt ourselves with a couple of interceptions, and there were definitely some points down there. It's the same old thing: you ought to be able to stop them running when you know they're going to run. We can't do that right now, and we've got to figure it out and get better for next week."

On sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson ... "He just wasn't as sharp today. I don't know what reasons; I'll have to watch the film. Coach [Rod] Smith will watch the film with him and see where he's at. His eyes were in the right frame of mind. He might have been pressing a little bit. Sometimes that happens; a guy wants to make plays and he presses a little bit instead of letting the game just come to him. I think there were a few runs that he made where he had a chance to just hit it but he was a little more hesitant than normal. He felt good; there wasn't any issue with his knee or anything. I think he was just waiting for that big burst to open up. Sometimes you just have to hit it."

On the Wolverines' defense ... "I actually thought they did more play action. They ran a couple double cuts and double moves, which we thought [they would]. When we had the freshman in there with the injury, we thought it was probably going to come early, and it did. We just didn't execute well. I think sometimes instead of tackling, we were reaching for the ball a little bit. We need to get guys on the ground sooner."

On what Michigan needs to improve ... "First, it goes back to fundamentals. We had dropped passes today, we had interceptions, we were catching in our tackling, and we didn't do a good job in pass protecting in the last couple series. There is a laundry list of things that we need to get better at, and we've got a good football team coming in. I think our guys will take it serious and know what we've got to work on. We'll start back to work on Monday."

Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio

On today's game ... "It was a great win by our football team -- a great program win. I thought that to win this football game we were going to have to not just execute well but play beyond their excitement level, which I thought was very, very good for a football game. Michigan has always played with a great amount of passion and excitement these first five games, so I thought it was critical that we be able to match that or surpass that. It was an outstanding job by our offense, responding whenever we needed to respond. [Kirk] Cousins throws for about 277 and runs for about 240 or so. All three running backs did a nice job; we spread the ball around. When you look at it -- great execution. I thought coach [Don] Treadwell again did an outstanding job calling the game as well as our other coaches. Defensively, we had huge plays at the beginning of the game."

On containing Michigan's Denard Robinson ... "I think to handle a guy like Denard Robinson, you've got to play great team defense. Everybody has got a responsibility out there, whether it's defensive linemen or whatever. It starts with our game plan; it starts with [Pat] Narduzzi and our defensive coaches. They did an outstanding job of looking at what they did, and they also did an outstanding job at being able to adjust to things that we had not seen that they did. So, it starts there; then the execution by our players was outstanding. When you come away with three turnovers on defense and don't give up any on offense, it's tough to lose the football game."

On beating Michigan three straight years ... "It's still a rivalry. They asked me outside about the little brother thing. The only response I had is maybe someday the little brother can at least go compete with the big brother and makes it a game every week. I have great respect for Michigan and outstanding respect for coach [Rich] Rodriguez and the job that they do. You embrace rivalries; that's the way I've coached wherever I've been. It's good for college football, and it's good for fans."

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