October 14, 2012

Spartans cannot afford to let Iowa loss linger

EAST LANSING - Michigan State quarterback [db]Andrew Maxwell[/db] would have liked several plays back on Saturday, none more than the tipped pass off the hands of Keith Mumphery that was picked off by Greg Castillo to secure a 19-16 victory for Iowa in double overtime.

"It was too high," said Maxwell. "Obviously, in conditions like this, if I can get it down around his chin. Even if he doesn't catch it, it gets knocked down. If it's up, it has an opportunity to bounce up which it did."

Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough would like plays back too, none more than the 37-yard run that was given up to Mark Weisman on 3rd-and-6 which set up. That run set up a game-tying touchdown three plays later.

"We knew what they were going to do, but we couldn't stop them," Bullough said. "I think that was the big play, when they got that big run on third down."

The Spartans cannot afford to let the Iowa loss linger.

"We certainly have no time to feel sorry for ourselves, going down the road next week to Michigan," said Maxwell, whose interception was the first season the season opener against Boise State. "What a great opportunity for us to bounce back."

"We have got to turn this negative energy into a positive," Bullough said. "We need to turn it into an anger and get after Michigan next week. You watch the film, you take the positives and the negatives, and you correct your mistakes, schematics, physical, mental, whatever they are. Fix them and get ready for next week. It is tough to do from a mental standpoint, but we've done it in the past and we'll do it again."

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