Dantonio: "We're coming"

Spartans coach says MSU can play better yet despite the fact MSU is 4-1. Looking to the rest of the season, is this just the beginning? MSU players comment on the progress and moving forward.

Whatever frustration and displeasure Michigan State fans have felt throughout the past 17 games with a fledgling offense had to be partly alleviated Saturday.

Putting on arguably their best offensive performance since the 2011 season, the Spartans came into Iowa City and had 412 yards of offense against the Big Ten's second-ranked defense.

Certainly, the performance Saturday was an all-around complete team win – something that has been tough to say around East Lansing with the defense carrying the offense, at times.

Following the 26-14 victory, Connor Cook used a phrase to describe the offense that previously seemed giggle-inducing: "The sky's the limit."

Coming from a quarterback who played the best game of his career in his first Big Ten road start – and showed huge improvement from his showing in South Bend – suddenly those words have a little bit of substance.

The Spartans ate clock, moved the ball through the air and the ground in an efficient manner unseen of late.

They also moved to 4-1, despite the fact that coach Mark Dantonio said MSU hasn't played its best football yet.

"We play pretty well at times, but we're coming," he said. "I've always said when our offense gets more confident, things are going to blossom and we saw some confidence today and that's going to happen.

"When we get our offense playing at the same level as our defense is playing, great things are going to happen."

Sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun said seeing the offense move the ball fired him up and challenged the defense to step it up even more.

"We are a brotherhood, but we are always trying to top each other," he said. "This was the moment where our defensive unit was like, ‘Hey, let's go. They are doing their thing, let's do our thing.'"

He also said the win in Iowa City shows the Spartans can be a great team.

"We can play on offense," he said. "We can play on defense. We can't ever look like the offense is not that good. … They are a great offense. We have great players on offense and we have great players on defense."

Senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard said he wasn't surprised by the offense "putting on a show for us" against Iowa after going against them in practice.

"It's really exciting for the whole team seeing the offense click and also the special teams click," he said. "It's an even better feeling that we all haven't reached our ceiling. We can play better yet.

"We are gonna clean up some things this following week and go into Indiana with a chip on our shoulders again and show the world we are going back to Indy."


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