Injuries are part of the game of football and Michigan State can be the poster child this season as the Spartans continue to see players go down on a weekly basis.
Senior quarterback Connor Cook knows injuries must not stop this team from reaching the goals they set before the season.
“Obviously anyone who has watched us this year, we’ve had our fair share of injuries, but that’s not going to stop us,” said Cook following the game. “We’ve got guys who are not as experienced playing o-line and the protection wasn’t all that great, but it’s stuff you have to deal with.”
Against Rutgers, Cook took his share of hits but knows he can only control parts of the game and must trust those around him. Especially from his offensive line.
“When you are out there, it doesn’t matter who is playing for you,” he said. “Who you are throwing to, who is blocking for you, what kind of play I made before. If you think about stuff like that, you shouldn’t be out there playing. I know the pressure is coming, but you have to stand back there, make the right reads and deliver the ball.
“Looking back, besides Air Force, Purdue didn’t bring a lot of pressure, Oregon didn’t bring a whole lot of pressure, I really didn’t get hit a lot against those teams. If you look at Air Force and the pressure they brought, I would say Rutgers brought more pressure than them. With the o-line we had today, and the blitzed they brought, the pressure that I was, they did a decent job.”
While the injury count continues to grow heading to Michigan, Cook feels his teammates will be ready to battle. They just might not be the ones he thought they would be when the season started.
“Myself, I’m not concerned at all,” he said. “Guys are going to get healthy. Next week we are going to have some guys back. Like I’ve said before, we have so many other guys on this team, obviously, they may not have the experience but they are just waiting on their opportunity to step in there and shine.”
|Michigan State Spartans at Rutgers Scarlet Knights|
|Oct 10, 2015||1ST||2ND||3RD||4TH||SCORE|
|#4 Michigan State Spartans (6-0)||7||3||14||7||31|
|Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-3)||0||14||7||3||24|
|Team Stats Comparison|
|Rushing / Passing Plays||38-38||32-26|
|Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals||3-1||1-1|
|FIRST QUARTER SCORING||MSU||RUTG|
|01:46||(MSU) M. Kings 8 yd pass from Connor Cook (Geiger PAT Good)||7||0|
|SECOND QUARTER SCORING||MSU||RUTG|
|14:56||(RUTG) L. Carroo 5 yd pass from Chris Laviano (Federico PAT Good)||7||7|
|13:11||(RUTG) L. Carroo 39 yd pass from Laviano (Federico PAT Good)||7||14|
|09:14||(MSU) Michael Geiger 30 yd FG||10||14|
|THIRD QUARTER SCORING||MSU||RUTG|
|09:01||(MSU) LJ Scott 1 yd Run (Geiger PAT Good)||17||14|
|05:46||(MSU) D. Arnett 24 yd pass from Cook (Geiger PAT Good)||24||14|
|00:49||(RUTG) L. Carroo 28 yd pass from Laviano (Federico PAT Good)||24||21|
|FOURTH QUARTER SCORING||MSU||RUTG|
|04:21||(RUTG) Kyle Federico 22 yd FG||24||24|
|00:43||(MSU) LJ Scott 3 yd Run (Geiger PAT Good)||31||24|