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Mark Dantonio Says Tyler O'Connor Remains Michigan State's Starting QB

Tyler O'Connor remains Michigan State's starting quarterback, even after Saturday's upset loss to Indiana.

For the second time in as many games, Mark Dantonio addressed O'Connor's grasp on the Michigan State quarterback job after a Spartans loss. O'Connor's stat line looked pretty good on Saturday: 21-for-35 for 263 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. O'Connor took a few bad sacks and missed some crucial throws down the stretch, however, and MSU lost to Indiana for the first time since 2006.

The Spartan offense is still O'Connor's to run, however. Dantonio spoke about his quarterback on Sunday night, and said that he thought O'Connor played an above-average game against the Hoosiers. From The Detroit Free-Press:

“The people that sit with their arms up in an armchair, with a big ol’ beer can or soda pop there,” Michigan State’s coach said tonight, “they’re just going to have to wait it out a little bit.”

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“I’m not going to say he graded winning,” Dantonio said, “but from my perspective, he played above average, that’s for sure. I would say low winning. … That’s my perspective.”

On the season, Tyler O'Connor is completing 60.7-percent of his passes for 7.85 yards an attempt. He has 918 total yards, nine touchdowns, and five interceptions. Of course, the most damning stat is Michigan State's 2-2 record, which points at a down season for a program that won the Big Ten and went to the College Football Playoff last season.

[Detroit Free-Press]