EAST LANSING – Mark Dantonio uttered six seldom-used words to highlight the biggest problems in Michigan State’s fourth straight loss.

“Plan, structure, execution.”

“Outcoached, outtoughed, outplayed.”

MSU’s 10th-year coach tonight recapped his reeling Spartans’ 54-40 loss to Northwestern from a day earlier and called it “one of the more poor outings we’ve had on defense.”

“I think six games in, you expect more from our entire football team,” Dantonio said. “I don’t know that it’s one particular group of people, and I include coaches in that as well. … I’ll take the brunt of all this, and we have to do better.”

MSU travels to Maryland on Saturday (7:30 p.m./Big Ten Network) mired in the first four-game losing streak of Dantonio’s tenure and the program’s first since 2006.

The Spartans (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten) haven’t lost five in a row since the start of the 1991 season. They also haven’t dropped their first four Big Ten games since 2000.

“We’re walking down a long road,” Dantonio said. “We can’t turn and go back, you gotta keep going down the road as a group.”

Dantonio said no decision has been made yet at quarterback. Brian Lewerke started and was relieved in the third quarter by former starter Tyler O’Connor. A decision could come as soon as Monday.

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