November 6, 2012
Coach discusses X's and O's of late breakdowns
EAST LANSING - The sting from last Saturday's 28-24 loss to Nebraska has not yet left Mark Dantonio.
But the sixth-year Michigan State head coach expects both he and his team to begin moving past the latest in a series of close four close losses this season, this afternoon when they start preparing for their Northwestern.
The Spartans, who are in the midst of a much-needed bye week after a grind of ten consecutive weeks with games, will face the Wildcats at home on November 17.
"I feel very badly our coaches, our players, their families and our fans," Dantonio said. "When you have a loss like this it affects a lot of different people, so you go in a lot of different directions as you think about things since then.
"But when you analyze the football game I think you have to say that we had some missed opportunities. Too many missed opportunities on the offensive end, the defensive end, and special teams as well. You have to take advantage of those opportunities to win."
Dantonio spent much of his press conference pouring over the some of the technical details of specific plays that have contributed to close losses this season. Had those plays been executed better, Dantonio believes his team could have been 9-1 entering their off week.
Dantonio also discussed what Johnny Adams might have done differently to avoid a penalty flag on Darqueze Dennard's pick-six that was negated by penalty. The Spartan coach remains uncertain as to whether the personal foul should have been called on his senior corner.
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