Nick Hill ran for two scores to help lead Michigan State
Andrew Maxwell throws game-winning, 46-yard touchdown pass to AJ Troup in the fourth quarter.
Returning wide outs Keith Mumphery, Bennie Fowler, Tony Lippett and Aaron Burbridge combined for 148 receptions, 1,795 yards and nine TDs in 2012.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes his team's resilience.
Now it's time to develop a knockout punch.
Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes and Nick Hill ran for two scores Saturday, but No. 8 Michigan State still needed a late interception return for a touchdown to hold on 45-31 at Purdue
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Third-year player will see time in the playing rotation . . . listed as a co-starter at flanker, along with Keith Mumphery, on the depth chart . . . two-year letterwinner has 64 catches for 716 yards (11.2 avg.) and three touchdowns in 31 career games, including 10 starts . . . also has 104 rushing yards on 12 carries (8.7 avg.).
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Ranks fourth on the team with 13 catches for 158 yards (12.2 avg.) . . . also has 38 rushing yards on seven carries (5.4 avg.) . . . had a season-high five catches for 48 yards at Indiana . . . recorded his first receiving touchdown of the season with an acrobatic 13-yard TD catch in the third quarter at Purdue; finished the game with 35 all-purpose yards (three rushes for 14 yards; two catches for 21 yards) . . . had two receptions for 37 yards vs. No. 19 Nebraska . . . hauled in two catches for 30 yards, including a 22-yarder, at No. 3 Oregon . . . had 26 all-purpose yards in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State (two carries for 18 yards; one catch for 8 yards).
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Ranked fifth on the team with 22 receptions for 194 yards (8.8 avg.) . . . had 62 rushing yards on four attempts (15.5 avg.) . . . also saw action on special teams . . . was slowed by a hamstring injury in the middle of the season . . . compiled 47 all-purpose yards vs. Minnesota (two catches for 12 yards; 35-yard rush) . . . had two catches for 22 yards at Northwestern in his first extended action since Oct. 5 at Iowa . . . saw limited action against Nebraska and Michigan . . . did not play at Illinois (injury) . . . saw limited action against Purdue (injury) . . . had four receptions for 20 yards at No. 22 Notre Dame . . . caught three passes for 44 yards, including a 26-yard reception, vs. Youngstown State . . . had four catches for 16 yards in season opener against Western Michigan.
2012 SEASON (FRESHMAN): True freshman saw action in 11 games, including seven starts (Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Northwestern, Minnesota, TCU) . . . ranked fifth on the team in receiving yards (364) and sixth in receptions (29) . . . had five catches of 20-plus yards . . . named to Big Ten All-Freshman Team by ESPN.com and BTN.com . . . among Big Ten freshmen, ranked second in receptions (29) and tied for second in receiving yards (364) . . . 13 of his 29 catches (45 percent) resulted in a first down . . . had three receptions for 22 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown in the third quarter, in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl victory over TCU . . . collected four receptions for 47 yards vs. Northwestern, including his first career touchdown catch on a 15-yard pass from Andrew Maxwell . . . led the Spartans with six catches for 51 yards at No. 23 Michigan . . . had five catches for 89 yards vs. Iowa . . . became just the second freshman - and first true freshman - in Michigan State history to record a 100-yard receiving game, with eight receptions for 134 yards as the Spartans rallied from a 17-point deficit for a 31-27 victory at Indiana; his totals marked season highs for a Spartan wide receiver . . . named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for his performance against the Hoosiers . . . the 134 receiving yards also set a Spartan single-game freshman record (previous: red-shirt freshman Terry Love had nine catches for 103 yards vs. Iowa in 2004) . . . helped spark MSU's second-half rally against the Hoosiers, with five receptions for 96 yards coming after halftime; he had at least one reception on four of MSU's five scoring drives . . . caught two passes for 14 yards in his collegiate debut against Central Michigan . . . missed a majority of preseason camp with a knee injury.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the nation's top players by Scout.com (No. 63), 247Sports.com (No. 85), Rivals.com (No. 103) and CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 119) . . . rated among the country's top wide receivers by Scout.com (No. 9), 247Sports.com (No. 9), SuperPrep (No. 10), Rivals.com (No. 16), CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 19) and ESPN.com (No. 44) . . . ranked the state's No. 1 senior by Rivals.com, 247Sports.com, Detroit Free Press and Lansing State Journal . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 5) and ESPN.com (No. 32) . . . selected to play in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association 2012 East-West All-Star Game . . . two-year starter for Coach John Herrington at Harrison High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan . . . two-time Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team selection (2010, 2011) . . . named to the 2011 Associated Press and Detroit News Division 1-2 All-State Team . . . had 32 receptions for 753 yards (23.5 avg.) and six touchdowns as a senior . . . also returned an interception 99 yards for a TD and a kickoff 95 yards for a score in 2011 . . . caught four passes for 121 yards, including a 69-yard TD grab, in the 2011 playoff opener vs. Birmingham Seaholm . . . had 215 receiving yards and three TD receptions vs. Southfield-Lathrup as a senior . . . had 36 catches for 720 yards (20.0 avg.) and nine TDs as a junior while helping lead the Hawks to a perfect 14-0 record and the Division 2 state championship . . . accounted for 613 combined return yards in 2010 . . . recorded 24 tackles, 13 pass break-ups and five interceptions as a junior, returning two of those picks for TDs . . . had eight receptions for 123 yards and two scores (26 and 10 yards) vs. Lowell in 2010 state championship game . . . caught 46 passes for 752 yards (16.3 avg.) and eight TDs as a sophomore . . . son of Nora Clemons Florence . . . born Dec. 23, 1993 . . . sociology major.
BURBRIDGE'S CAREER HIGHS
Receiving Yards: 134, vs. Indiana (10/6/12)
Receptions: 8, vs. Indiana (10/6/12)
TD Catches: 1, twice (last vs. TCU, 12/29/12)