East Lansing, MI
RB Elijah Collins spoke after the game. You can watch that video above and here is a partial transcript:
On practice leading up to today's game..
We had a good week of practice. We had everything prepared for, we had everything planned out and laid out to be successful, and we came out with high hopes.
On moving forward after the loss..
As things go on, we just have to correct the things we did wrong. Try to make an adjustment and just move forward, and try to make plays.
On if Penn State did anything that surprised him..
No, nothing surprised me. The things that they did were things that we knew were coming, we just have to make plays at the end of the day.
On bye week after losing some games in a row..
I mean a bye week can go either way. You can look at it two different ways, it can be positive or negative. For me personally, I think it's a good thing for us. We get to recuperate and get healthy, and come back together as a unit and go forward.
On how tough it is to go through this type of season..
Of course it isn't the easiest thing to do in the world, nobody likes to lose. So when you string some loses together like this, it's tough but at the end of the day we have to come out of this tougher and make plays.
On if it is hard not to get frustrated offensively not scoring..
For me I am a pretty calm guy, a calm individual, so for me I just look at it next play. It is a game of inches. You could score on one play, or maybe its a drive, you just never know. You just have to keep pushing.
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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