With Notre Dame next on the schedule Michigan State looked to erase the errors from week one in this in-state battle with Central Michigan. According to Dantonio, mission complete.
“I thought our guys came out and played hard today,” said Dantonio. “Our goal was to get our first road win and eliminate some mistakes that we had last week. We also wanted to get our wide-outs and our quarterback (Andrew) Maxwell going earlier in the game and I believe that we did that.
“I’m proud of our team for winning our first road game against a very competitive team.”
As for the things Dantonio saw that allowed his team to have such an impressive victory over CMU, the coach was straight forward about the game plan used.
“We ran the ball decently but somehow managed to throw the ball quite effectively,” explained Dantonio. “Our defense played very well and our special teams was solid.
“I was very impressed with my teams performance especially considering that we played 65 out of the 70 guys that traveled.”
One area of the game the Spartans were able to work on came following an interception before the end of the second quarter giving MSU a chance to work on their two-minute drill.
“Getting a score right after the interception, in a two-minute situation, was a big game changer for us. I believe that is what allowed us to come out and have a successful first drive in the second half.”
Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos praised the Spartans, but also knows his team made too many mistakes.
“Obviously the game didn’t go the way we wanted,” said Enos. “Obviously they’re a very good football team. I think early in the game we had chances to keep the game closer and we didn’t make the plays. In the first half there were plays that we missed on that could have kept the game closer going into the third quarter.
“They capitalized on their opportunities and we were unable to do that, and when you play good teams it’s difficult. We were minus three in the turnover margin. We got one at the end, but even with that we gave it up three times, and we can’t do that against good football teams.”
The Spartans will not get started for another big game next Saturday as Notre Dame comes to Spartan Stadium for another night game in front of a national audience.