In previous seasons, the Spartans have not fared well after losing to Michigan. In John L. Smith's first two season as head coach, after losing to Michigan, State loss three of its remaining four games.
When asked how State could possibly rebound from a tough loss, MSU coach John L. Smith said "I hope it hurts real bad, so I'm not worried about that."
When asked if that was the best way to react to it, Smith continued "I don't know the best way to react to [the loss]. I don't react very well to it. I hope they don't react well to it. I hope they hate it and I hope they're hurt, real hurt, because we all are. If you love the game and you're a competitor you should hurt, and [then] you'll bounce back."
The Spartan players to a man vowed to bounce back.
"The same thing happened last year and then we lost another heartbreaker to Ohio State on the last play," reminded Spartans receiver Kyle Brown. We just have to put that behind us, we've got to be men. We have lost around here before, we've got to put it behind us and take the next step forward."
"We've been working on during the off-season to finish our games, but man, we just made a little bit just too many mistakes, but we played our hearts out and we didn't come up with the victory," said Domata Peko.
If we knock off Ohio State, that's a big momentum builder going into the last four or five games of the season," said Clifton Ryan. We've got to beat those guys. They have a great program and a rich tradition and we're going down their to the 'Horseshoe'. We've got to be focused, we've got to rest up. Coach is going to give us two or three days off so the guys with these nagging aches and bruises we got to get healthy. I think we'll be OK."
At 4-1, (1-1 Big Ten) MSU has a lot to play for. Hopefully they will use the bye week to eliminate the big plays and solidify a pourous defense if they're to have any chance to beat a tough Ohio State football team.