Michigan State COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 15: A Michigan State Spartans helmet on the bench during a college football game against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on November 15, 2014 in College Park, Maryland. The Spartans won 37-15. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

The Michigan State Spartans suffered a blowout loss to the Michigan Wolverines in their in-state rivalry showdown this week, but interim Michigan State head coach Harlon Bennett knows there are still some lessons to be learned even in a lopsided defeat.

During his postgame press conference, Harlon Bennett had a pretty clear message for his team about how he expects them to respond and learn from the 49-0 loss to Michigan this weekend.

“You gotta be a man,” Barnett said postgame. “Being a man is taking responsibility in everything that you do, and accountability. That’s a life lesson in itself. You live long enough, you’ll go through some things in life that’ll make you say ‘It’s just life.’

“You know, all you can say is ‘It’s life.’ Somebody asks ‘What’s wrong?’ ‘Life.’ You never want to turn anything down. This, too, shall pass at some point in time, based on my faith. I don’t know when, but it will pass at some point in time. I’m believing it, I’ll never lose faith in that. Just where we are right now.”

It certainly wasn’t the way the Spartans hoped the game would go, but they have a chance to bounce back this week against Minnesota.