Spartans defeat Cougars by a final score of 42-17.
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and players discuss Holiday Bowl win.
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and Maryland head coach DJ Durkin and players discuss MSU-Maryland game.
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Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and Indiana head coach Tom Allen and players discuss MSU-Indiana game.
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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Sept. 17, 2016
CAREER NOTES: Fifth-year senior and three-year letterwinner will compete for playing time at quarterback . . . has completed 36-of-75 passes (.480) for 356 yards in 23 career games, with one start . . . has 215 rushing yards on 59 carries (3.6 avg.) . . . member of the team’s Eagles leadership council.
2017 SEASON (SENIOR): Saw action in Bowling Green game.
2016 SEASON (JUNIOR): Played in seven games (Notre Dame, BYU, Michigan, Illinois, Rutgers, Ohio State, Penn State) and made first career start at No. 8 Penn State . . . completed 22-of-46 passes (.478) for 253 yards and one touchdown . . . in first career start at No. 8 Penn State, was 7-of-12 passing for 101 yards, setting career highs for completions and yards . . . also rushed four times for 13 yards before suffering a game-ending head injury in the second quarter . . . saw action against No. 2 Ohio State; was 2-of-5 passing for 22 yards and rushed four times for 15 yards against the Buckeyes . . . came off bench in fourth quarter at Illinois after Tyler O'Connor left game with injury and engineered pair of scoring drives, including firing first career TD pass on 13-yard strike to R.J. Shelton in back of the end zone; finished game 6-of-12 passing for 50 yards and had three rushes for 14 yards against the Fighting Illini . . . had four rushes for 11 yards vs. No. 2 Michigan . . . . completed 6-of-10 passes for 63 yards and rushed eight times for 29 yards against BYU, all in the fourth quarter. . . had two carries for 2 yards against Notre Dame.
2015 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw brief action in 10 games at quarterback and wide receiver . . . had 68 rushing yards on 21 carries (3.2 avg.) . . . was 2-of-7 passing for 15 yards . . . had a team-long 14-yard rush in his only carry of the game vs. No. 2 Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal . . . saw extensive action in the win at No. 2 Ohio State while rotating with starter Tyler O'Connor; had 25 yards rushing on eight carries (3.1 avg.) and was 1-of-4 passing for 2 yards against the Buckeyes . . . rushed for 13 yards on three carries and was 0-for-1 passing vs. Maryland . . . completed 1-of-2 passes at Nebraska, including a 13-yard completion to Aaron Burbridge during MSU's 16-play, 75-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter; also had a 3-yard rush against the Huskers . . . rushed four times for 8 yards vs. Indiana . . . had a 5-yard rush vs. Air Force.
2014 SEASON (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Earned his first letter after seeing action in five games at quarterback . . . completed 12-of-19 passes (.632) for 88 yards . . . also had 62 rushing yards on 12 attempts (5.2 avg.) . . . saw action in one series at Penn State in the second quarter (0-for-1 passing) . . . had an 8-yard rush vs. Rutgers . . . was a perfect 6-for-6 passing for 56 yards against Wyoming . . . completed 5-of-8 passes for 19 yards and rushed three times for 17 yards in the win over Eastern Michigan . . . rushed for 21 yards on five carries (4.2 avg.) and was 1-of-3 passing for 13 yards in his collegiate debut against Jacksonville State.
2013 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Co-Player of the Week vs. Michigan . . . in the second jersey scrimmage of preseason camp, compiled 280 yards of total offense and was 10-of-14 passing for 240 yards and three touchdowns; also rushed for 40 yards on 12 carries as he led the offense to a 37-36 comeback victory over the defense.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Accounted for 125 total yards in Pennsylvania's 58-27 win over Maryland on June 15 in the 2013 Big 33 Football Classic; completed 4-of-8 passes for 83 yards, including a 57-yard TD strike to Chris Jones in the third quarter, and rushed for 42 yards . . . MaxPreps.com Medium Schools All-American (second team) . . . honorable mention PARADE All-American . . . ranked among the nation's top prospects by Scout.com (No. 120), 247Sports.com (No. 205), CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 235) and ESPN.com (No. 283) . . . rated among the nation's top quarterbacks by Scout.com (No. 9), CFN (No. 24) and MaxPreps.com (No. 24) . . . listed among the country's top dual-threat quarterbacks by 247Sports.com (No. 6) and ESPN.com (No. 13) . . . ranked among the nation's top pro-style quarterbacks by Rivals.com (No. 16) . . . rated among the East's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 35) . . . named to PrepStar's All-East Team . . . listed among Pennsylvania's top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 8), Rivals.com (No. 10) and 247Sports.com (No. 10) . . . three-year starter for Coach Mike Mischler at Cathedral Prep School in Erie, Pennsylvania . . . compiled a 33-8 record (.805) in 41 career starts for the Ramblers . . . selected Class AAA 2012 Player of the Year by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers . . . also named District 10 Player of the Year by the Erie Times-News . . . broke nearly every school and District 10 single-season passing record while leading the Ramblers to a perfect 15-0 season in 2012, including the Class AAA championship and a No. 17 national ranking . . . completed 222-of-333 throws (.667) for 3,599 yards, 50 touchdowns and only eight interceptions as a senior . . . recorded 12 200-yard passing games in 2012, including five 300-yard passing outings . . . also led the team in rushing as a senior with 123 carries for 699 yards (5.7 avg.) and 12 TDs . . . accounted for 376 total yards and three TDs in a 24-14 win over Archbishop Wood in 2012 Class AAA Championship Game . . . connected on 13-of-24 passes for a Class AAA championship-game record 317 yards and two TDs plus ran 12 times for 59 yards and another score vs. Archbishop Wood . . . produced 365 total yards and three scores vs. West Allegheny (22-of-33 passing for 257 yards, three TDs and one interception; added 18 rushes for 108 yards) . . . threw for 331 yards (17-of-24 passing), four TDs and one interception vs. Warren . . . hit 11-of-16 passes for 263 yards and a career-best six TDs vs. Central Tech . . . completed 28-of-40 throws for 352 yards, two TDs and one interception vs. Aquinas Institute (N.Y.) . . . selected Erie Times-News Varsity Male Athlete of the Week after accounting for 390 total yards and seven TDs vs. Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline (21-of-28 passing for 310 yards and five TDs; rushed 11 times for 80 yards and two scores) . . . went 12-for-15 for 280 yards and five TDs vs. St. Francis (N.Y.) . . . threw for 1,582 yards and 15 TDs as a junior . . . completed 15-of-24 tosses for a career-best 361 yards, four TDs and an interception vs. Bradford . . . rushed 11 times for 110 yards and two scores vs. Central Tech . . . passed for 1,921 yards and 21 TDs as a sophomore while guiding the Ramblers to the District 10 Championship and Class AAA semifinals . . . posted three 200-yard passing games in 2010: 216 vs. Oil City (2 TDs), 241 vs. East (TD) and 229 vs. Bradford (2 TDs) . . . carried nine times for 129 yards (14.3 avg.) and three TDs . . . became District 10's career passing leader with 7,266 yards and 87 TDs . . . also scored 58 career rushing TDs . . . son of Damion Terry and Shelby Staaf . . . born June 21, 1995 . . . advertising major.