October 29, 2011

Cousins laments missed opportunities against Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. - Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins credited the pass defense of Nebraska for derailing his team's passing attack, which entered the game ranked No. 3 in the Big Ten with an average of 250.9 yards per game.

The No. 13 ranked Cornhuskers took away Cousins' favorite target B.J. Cunningham, whose consecutive games with a catch streak came to an end at 41 against Nebraska.

"We never got in a rhythm," said Cousins. "First off, we have to give credit to Nebraska. They had great coverage. They did a nice job covering us in space, and I think they have great athletes to do that. We had a hard time getting separation. At times, we made plays and moved the ball, but we never came away with the number of points that we needed."

But Cousins also lamented several missed opportunities by the Spartan offense.

"We just had a few too many missed opportunities and when you go on the road
in the Big Ten against a good team like Nebraska, you can't miss out on opportunities that you had. We beat ourselves one too many times and it made it hard to come out of the hole. We are a much better football team than the way we played today, and we still have a lot of things in front of us to accomplish. It's important to push on and understand so
much of what happens to us this season is not what happens to us, but how we respond. It is very important, going forward, that we respond in the right way and I know we will, but we are excited now for the November schedule and look to get back on track next week against Minnesota."

Michigan State passed for 86 yards against Nebraska. Cousins completed 11-of-27 passes against the Cornhuskers.

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