Saturday's upsetting loss to Nebraska along with a bye week is sure to test the Spartans coaching staff and their player's spirits.
Dantonio knows life is not fair and expects his team to grown from the adversity.
"Tough game, very tough game, maybe one of the toughest games I've experienced here," started Dantonio during his post game comments. "I thought we had every opportunity to win the football game. Whether that plays out on the field, weather that's some kind of way; I'm not sure how at time. We got them fourth-and-10 at the end of the game. The game's over if we stop them there with the first down, last series, game's over.
"All I can tell you is that you've got to keep pushing. You can't flinch. I see life everyday for people; life's tough for everyone. In the end, this hurts; this hurts a lot of people. You just have to be able to look things in the eye. I think you just have to be able to keep pushing, I don't know what else to say about it. Just keep working."
Spartans defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi knows the loss hurts today but will continue to build the Spartans program going forward.
"Our kids fight their tails off," said Narduzzi. "I feel bad for the kids more than anybody because it hurts. They play their tails off and we just keep coming up short. Again, we will learn from it and become a stronger football team."
With Spartan fans angered by several calls against the Green & White, one that caught everyone's eye was the pass interference call towards the end of the game. Narduzzi tried to stay on the good side of the conference bosses.
"There are a lot of calls I would like to take a look at," said Narduzzi. "I got a look at it up there; didn't look that good from up there, but who am I to judge? It didn't look good."
As he's done each week the Spartans walk away from a tough loss, Andrew Maxwell shared his thoughts on losing close games.
"It's heartbreaking," said Maxwell. "The thing about it is that I feel like we are getting better each and every week. I feel like the week of practice we just had was the best one yet. I feel like we are making strides, unfortunately a lot of the close ones aren't going our way. I think if we look at the positives and the fact that we are getting better and making improvements. We just now have to finish and get the job done."
The Spartans will take a week off to regroup with coaches sure to hit the recruiting trail while players nurse the many physical bumps and bruises along with their mental bruises as they look to finish strong and earn a bowl berth needing at least one win in their final two games.