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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Mark Dantonio has embraced tradition in his first year as Michigan State The Spartans have let painful defeats fester for months and destroy entire seasons over the past decade. If Dantonio "I think this is a pivotal game," Dantonio said Monday. "In the past when we Those lessons haven "As the clock hit zero Saturday, that was already being talked about," quarterback Brian Hoyer said. "We weren "We weren Michigan State outgained the then-No. 9 Badgers by 103 yards and was one play from a stunning win, an outcome the Spartans wouldn "The people on this team have been there before and aren Northwestern (2-3, 0-2) thought the same thing last year when MSU staged the greatest comeback in NCAA Division I-A history, rallying from 35 down to win 41-38 in Evanston, Ill. But the Spartans say they won "We're going to try to wipe that slate clean," said safety and co-captain Travis Key, whose late interception set up the game-winning field goal against Northwestern last year. "We don't want to have to fight through a mass of adversity. We still have a lot of work to do."

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