Johnny Adams was very surprised when he saw the flag come out on during Darqueze Dennard’s interception return for a touchdown during Saturday’s game against Nebraska.
And he certainly didn’t think he was the one that was going to be penalized when he saw the flag on the field. And when he saw the play on film Monday he still thought what he did was legal.
But with at least two games remaining, Adams and the Spartans are moving forward from the loss to the Cornhuskers.
“We gotta take this one, swallow it and move on,” Adams said following Tuesday’s practice.
“… We’re still pushing. We still got two games left. I’ve got two games left here. The seniors have got two games left here. We’re still playing and playing hard.”
Adams’ thoughts were shared by quarterback Andrew Maxwell and MSU coach Mark Dantonio on Tuesday.
“I know a lot got made about the officials. But we have opportunities to close it out and really not leave it up to a call here or there. We could have done our part,” Maxwell said.
“As an offense, we could have grinded out a couple first downs when we had the ball there with three minutes left and really put the thing away. We watched the film yesterday morning and you learn from it. I think it was Vince Lombardi that said, ‘Once mistakes and setbacks have served the purpose of teaching and you learn from them, you have to move on. I think you have to move past it and look forward to the next challenge.’
During his weekly press conference Tuesday, Dantonio also pointed out his team’s last four games have been decided in the final seconds and was unsure if that’s ever happened in his career.
But he did say his team would be ready for its next challenge.
“We’re going to be ready to play, and get back focused and focus on our next deal which is Northwestern. I also know that we need to get past this,” Dantonio said.
“Today is a point where we get back on the field and start practicing and start moving forward in that respect. Yeah, it’s disappointing because you work so hard. But you look at a lot of games around here…Even this year we won a close game against Boise, a close game against Indiana, a close game against Wisconsin. Now we lost four. The other ones were sort of close a little bit initially. I guess it’s part of it.”
Dantonio on if his leadership is more important now than during an 11 win season
“I’m going to have my moments. There is no question. Like (Monday) in the shower as I was getting ready to come to work. But I think it’s very important that the person who leads, whether that’s your quarterback or your leaders on the team or your head coach, position coach or your strength coach, whoever it is, I think that in a time of disappointment, that they’re the ones that need to be able to step up and say, hey, everything’s going to be fine. We’re good.
“We’ve done that here, so we’ll continue to do that. But it goes without question after the game I was hurting. But you regroup. It all comes back. I know some people may not like to hear this because it drives all of this, but it is a game. It is a game. You compete. I’ve always said it. I said it in here before. You compete and do the very best you can. Then you let it go. You have to, because it will eat you up if you don’t.”