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Illinois v.s. Michigan State: Key Quotes From Illini Players


Offensive Tackle Corey Lewis

On the team moving forward:

“We have to continue to fight. In other games, we continued to fight. One thing I can say about this team is that the guys aren’t quitting. When the plays are there, we have to make them. As you can see, we get stopped on the one, we turn the ball over again inside our own (20-yard line) and then the holding penalty hurt us on the first drive. Just as a collective group when the plays are there we have to make them.”

On putting this game behind them:

“Coach Ricker and coach Cubit have the 24-hour rule, where you think about it and then have to get over it. If you dwell on the past game, that can continue to snowball and that’s how you continue to lose games. We have to brush it off and move forward.”

Linebacker Mason Monheim

On the defensive performance on third downs:

“We had chances to get off the field on third down, many chances throughout the game, and we just need to make that play. We’re in position a lot of the time, we just didn’t make that play. I’m not going to pin it on one thing or another, just us as a group, we have to make that play.”

On Michigan State’s touchdown at the end of the first half:

“Whenever anything happens like that, it will hit you a little bit. But I felt like for the most part when we were at halftime, it was very positive. We were confident in what we were doing. We were down 14-3 but it definitely didn’t feel like that to us. We were confident.”

Defensive Back Jaylen Dunlap

On defending the Michigan State touchdown at the end of the first half:

“The receiver ran a comeback and I guarded it, so the quarterback looked off him and he took off scrambling out of the pocket, so I stayed on (the receiver). He threw the ball, and I should’ve made a play on it that I wish I could get back, but I should’ve made that play. I had it. There are no excuses. I should’ve made that play.”

On the defense’s response to the touchdown at the end of the half:

“I think in the first half we came out and started fast. That’s what coaches stressed all week: to start fast. So I think we have to finish strong. I think we have to come out in the second half and play harder. I wouldn’t say (the touchdown) was demoralizing. Any play like that you wish you could have it back and play it better, but I don’t think it brought down the whole defense.”

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