“We talked to our kids all week about playing like champions,” Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said. “We gave them a list of schools that either got beat by (FCS) teams and schools that kicked the tails out of them. The score was evident as far as what we did.”
Penalties were probably Michigan State’s biggest problem. The Spartans were flagged 11 times for 121 yards, something that will be harder to overcome once they start Big Ten play.
“We played a lot of second-team guys out there,” Narduzzi said. “(Defensive back) Darqueze Dennard had two penalties, which I am glad he had them this week as opposed to maybe next week.”