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MSU OLB Antjuan Simmons Post Loss to PSU

Michigan State Spartan Football OLB Antjuan Simmons Post Loss to #6 Penn State Nittany Lions

Spartan Stadium

East Lansing, MI

MSU super OLB Antjuan Simmons spoke after the game.  You can watch that video above, here is a partial transcript:

On turning around the season..
We just have to get better, we can't keep shooting ourselves in the foot. We made a lot of mistakes and left a lot of plays out on the field, so we just have to fix our mistakes and keep a positive mindset. We just have to keep playing. In the first half, we were down but we came back in the second half and kept fighting.

On being 4-4 heading into a bye..
We just have to play better. There is no other way to say it or any other way I can put it, we just have to play better and keep a positive mindset. Come back ready to work, take this bye week and get better, come back to play Illinois.

On being eight games in and not executing like they should be..
At times guys are trying to do too much, make plays, we just have to believe in our 1-11, dominate our 1-11. We have to play as a team, play as a unit, keep fighting, and be thankful we are here. We are here playing, we get to be here and play this game, it doesn't matter how hard it gets. No matter win or lose we still get to come back, walking around, talk to our families and be with each other, and come back and play this game of football.

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.

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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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