After getting Michigan State into the redzone and into range for the game-winning touchdown or at the very least the game tying field goal - Kirk Cousins could only kick himself after throwing the ball into coverage and the resulting game losing interception.
Cousins knew afterwards that he should have either thrown the ball out of bounds or ate it for a sack, but instead violated the cardinal rule of quarterbacking - never throw the ball late over the middle.
Yeah, (Kirk) got pressure," said Dantonio in the postgame press conference. "Not sure where the pressure came from, (but it) forced him out of the pocket. You try to make a play throwing late over the middle, it's a little bit blind, you don't really know when it's happening. I think it was a second down play. [He] probably just needs to ditch the ball. Line up and kick the ball if we can. Go to overtime if that's what we have to do.
"Again, I guess I want to point at the other things. Great play by Notre Dame blocking the extra point. Probably the play of the game when you really look at it. If everything else unfolds as is, we're kicking a field goal to win it. We're not getting down the field without Kirk Cousins. He did an outstanding job. No one feels worse than he does about this. He will rise again. He will rise up."
Cousins, speaking to the Spartan Radio Network said "It was definitely a learning experience and I'm going to remember that last play. It hurts now, but were going to have to come back from it.
I have great teammates and we're going to make sure we stay up and at it. We start Big Ten play now, we've got a whole new season to begin, but it just hurts right now."
Despite the sting of the pick, Cousins was already trying to set his team up to go to Wisconsin and get a conference win.
"I believe we're ready," he said. "It's a new season, we're playing for a Big Ten championship now, that's not something light to talk about. That's going to take a lot of heart and toughness and we're going to take it one week at a time."