MSU coach Mark Dantonio jokes about 'Frozen' fake punt

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

East Lansing — It will never be remembered with the likes of "Little Giants," or "Mousetrap" or "Charlie Brown."

But that doesn't mean the fake punt Michigan State ran last week didn't have its own unique name. And the Disney theme proved to be almost perfect.

"Frozen," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday when asked the name of the play.

He paused for a second with a smile and a slight shake of his head, remembering the failed attempt on fourth-and-6 from the Michigan State 29-yard line in the fourth quarter Saturday at Purdue.

"I guess we froze," he continued. "Gotta let it go, I guess."

Dantonio, of course, was referring to the song "Let it Go," from the wildly popular Disney movie for which the play was named.

It's easy to laugh about now considering the Spartans came away with a 45-31 victory over the Boilermakers. And even though this particular fake didn't work and was called at a debatable point in the game, Dantonio has proven he is not afraid to pull the trigger and seems to have just as much fun coming up with the names.

But it wasn't all fun and games at Dantonio's weekly news conference as No. 8 Michigan State prepares to travel to Indiana on Saturday.

The issue of clapping resurfaced when Dantonio was asked if the Big Ten had contacted him after Nebraska coach Bo Pelini complained the Spartans were clapping in their game two weeks ago to throw off the center-quarterback exchange.

"No," Dantonio said. "Simple answer. Simple question. It's all good. Bo and I are great. Lot of respect for him."