Spartans return home; players react to tough Cotton Bowl loss

ARLINGTON, TX (WLNS) – There are some things to consider after the Spartans were beaten handily by Alabama in the Cotton Bowl.

How about the Spartans’ worst loss since the 2011 Capital One Bowl loss to Alabama?

How about the first shut out loss since 2000, a 14-0 whitewash by Michigan and how about one Spartan player saying after the game it wasn’t only about what Alabama did but this was about what Michigan State didn’t do?

“Well, I don’t think we gave it our all out there,” said MSU sophomore defensive tackle Malik McDowell. “Maybe because they can’t… if we gave it our all we wouldn’t have lost by 38 to zero.”

When asked if he thought the Spartans didn’t give it their all or did he think maybe the team just weren’t good enough tonight McDowell answered “We was good enough, I don’t think we gave it our all.”

What would that mean?

“I think people’s a little starstruck out there,” McDowell claimed.

Senior linebacker Darien Harris was asked when the last time was he felt that crummy walking off a field. “You know, it’s hard to say. I think this might this might top it you know this definitely the hardest loss I’ve had to take just because its just the culmination of different things. You know, obviously we didn’t reach our ultimate goal we wanted this year which to be national champions.”

“And I see great things this team. I see great things for Coach Dantonio,” said Arjen Colquhoun, MSU senior defensive back. “I see great things for Coach Barnett and Coach Tressel. Everybody. Coach Warner got younger guys on the team that are going to be seniors next year and I just wish the best for them.”

“It’s been a blessing,” said MSU senior center Jack Allen. “I think the biggest thing I’ll look back on is the relationships. Not a lot of people get to experience this and have over a hundred brothers. I would say second family that I love every guy in this locker room. It’s gonna be hard to walk away from and thanks to Coach D for bringing me here. I never thought I get a opportunity like this and I got it.”

A fabulous run ends for 23 Spartan seniors, 43 wins and 11 loses. Problem is that 11th loss is the one that will stick with them perhaps for the rest of their lives.

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