Michigan State entered Friday night’s game against Utah State as a three-touchdown favorite, but the No. 11 Spartans were pushed to the limit in the season opener.

A few late plays — a Felton Davis catch, a Connor Heyward touchdown and a Joe Bachie interception — helped the Spartans escape Week 1 with a victory. The game didn’t go according to play, but a win is a win.

Here’s what head coach Mark Dantonio had to say after the victory over Utah State: