Dantonio on O'Connor doubters: Hold your beer cans, soda pop and wait it out
Many thought that the Michigan State quarterback battle would continue deep into fall camp and possibly even into the start of the season.
That didn’t happen. Tyler O’Connor won the job fair and square.
But after a second straight loss — something that hasn’t happened to MSU since 2012 — some are apparently calling for a change at quarterback.
Mark Dantonio was not amused:
Mark Dantonio says fans who watch at home with "a big old beer can or soda pop" will have to "wait it out a little bit" with Tyler O'Connor.
— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) October 2, 2016
Dantonio maintained that despite the defeat, O’Connor graded out above average in Saturday’s loss to Indiana.
His complete game numbers would agree with that. O’Connor completed 21 of 35 passes for 263 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Statistically speaking, it was the best game of O’Connor’s career.
Much of the frustration from MSU fans, however, came from his play down the stretch. O’Connor was sacked twice in overtime, which made for a long field-goal attempt from Michael Geiger. On the game, MSU converted on just 4-of-15 third downs.
And there was definitely some angst surrounding O’Connor after he was shut down against the high-pressure Wisconsin defense the week before. MSU is also ranked 108th in FBS in scoring offense with just 20 points per contest.
But based on Dantonio’s comments, a change at quarterback is far down the team’s list of priorities heading into this week’s game against BYU.