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MSU DT Raequan Williams spoke after the game. Here is a partial transcript of what he said:
On penalties and frustration...
It's very frustrating because you see how small that is and how this game can change. We got hit on a lot of those so it's frustrating and we have to watch the film and realize how to pressure stop.
On evaluating the defense…
They got in the end zone four times and they got more points than us. So, it's not good.
That's what we emphasized coming into the season. That's not good enough. We've got to get more turnovers.
On team confidence going into games…
They give us a lot of knowledge on every single team we play so you feel like you can beat them going into every single game.
We're definitely not where we need to be. You need to get out and out-execute and that usually tells you who wins and who loses and we got out-executed today.
On week off and being 4-4…
I remember being on teams where we were three and nine. There's a lot to play for. It's not over and that's going to be the message going into this week. We need to get healthy and we've got to respond. That's the message.
Going into its three-game stretch against Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State, Michigan State considered it to be a measuring stick to see where the program matched up against the Big Ten’s and the country’s best.
But instead, that three-game stretch turned into a wakeup call, a humbling and a nightmare.
Coming off of a bye week, the Spartans played host to No. 6 ranked Penn State and were outclassed in all phases as Penn State jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead on its way to a 28-7 win.
Lewerke finished the game 16-of-34 passing for 165 yards and an interception and was eventually replaced by backups Rocky Lombardi and Theo Day.
While the weather was a factor, the Spartan offense looked anemic for a third consecutive contest on Saturday afternoon, totaling just 259 total yards of offense in another display that left plenty to be desired from the coaching staff.
Michigan State now heads into another bye week next week before the Spartans welcome in Illinois to Spartan Stadium on November 9th.
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