Le'Veon Bell was held to just 68 yards rushing on 26 carries. Andrew Maxwell threw for less than 200 yards including a key interception by senior captain Jordan Kovacs.
Tuesday, Mattison was ready to move on. The Wolverines snagged another important conference win and have yet another championship game awaiting this Saturday night in Lincoln, Nebraska.
"That games over," said Mattison. "That was a great deal for our young kids and for our seniors. Now its time to move on. Its time for us to get ready for this huge challenge that's ahead of us."
"I'm proud of the way they have played hard," added Mattison. "I'm proud of everybody buying into trying to run to the football as hard as you can but there are so many things we have to get better at and they see that on the film and they believe it just as much as we coaches do."
Michigan State came into the big house looking to play a physical brand of football up front, trying to run the ball to set up the base out of several traditional heavy formations. Against Nebraska, the style of play will be vastly different. The Cornhuskers come in with the nation's 17th best offense averaging 512.4 yards per game and 41.6 points per game and do it with a balanced attack lead by quarterback Taylor Martinez as well as running backs Rex Burkhead and Ameer Abdullah.
"The running game is one of the best in the Big Ten," said Mattison. "Anytime you have a really good running game guys can get a little more open than they could if it was a true passing situation. He's a good quarterback."
"I think the other thing is his offensive line looks a lot more athletic this year," added Mattison. "They're a very good offensive line and I think they've protected him and he's a year older."
With Burkhead battling a left knee injury, a lot of the onus has fallen on Abdullah who provides a different element offensively.
"He's very fast," said Mattison. "He's more of an edge guy. He can get on that edge and he can go. Where Burkhead could too but he also you could just say hey we got to make sure he could take it down hill and be a pretty physical running back too."
To watch video from Mattison's press conference earlier, press play below.