Early season loss? MSU looks to repeat 2013

After loss to Notre Dame in Week 4 last year, MSU had a bye week and won out. Can it do it again?

It has been quite a while since Michigan State football headed back to East Lansing with the taste of defeat fresh in their mouths.

Eleven wins and almost a full calendar year separated the Spartans from a 17-13 loss to Notre Dame a season ago before a 46-27 loss to Oregon on Saturday at Autzen Stadium.

Fortunately, for the Spartans, they know after rebounding from an early season loss last year, plenty can be accomplished.

“I think we just look at last year as anything is possible,” defensive end Shilique Calhoun said. “We understand you will lose some games, but as long as you stay on your track, stay on your path, good things will happen.”

The 2013 season was a testament to that as the Spartans launched themselves from the low point of losing to Notre Dame on the road to win 10 straight games, including every Big Ten game by at least 10 points. Oh, and ultimately the Rose Bowl.

Just as was the case last season, the focus for the Spartans is what still is ahead of them and that a loss does not make or break a season.

“We have been here before,” safety Kurtis Drummond said. “It’s early in the season. Guys still understand what we are trying to accomplish this year.

”It’s a learning experience for us.”

Calhoun said his message to the younger players on the team in the locker room Saturday was simple: Keep your head up high.

”You’re going to win some and lose some,” he said. “The biggest thing is don’t get to low on your losses and too high on your wins, so come our ready and prepared to come out next week.”

For the Spartans, next week is two weeks away as they head into a bye week before playing Eastern Michigan.

It is a similar pattern to last season when they also had a bye week following the loss to Notre Dame. The Spartans used that week well and came out strong at Iowa with a 26-14 with a lot of positive signs offensively. They never looked back and now are hoping for a similar response to this loss to Oregon.

Tight end Josiah Price said he hopes this week will be a similar process to last season’s early bye week, with a little bit of soul searching and recentering after a defeat.

”The Notre Dame game was a little closer than this game was, but I think a few plays go our way in this game and it was a really close game,” Price said. “I think we have been here, we have had a tough loss early on last year and hopefully we will rebound and we will.

”We will bounce back and perform just like last year.”

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