Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter.
From Connor Kruse to Trevon Pendleton to Ed Davis, several unsung heroes have helped MSU reach the Rose Bowl.
No. 4 Spartans will face No. 5 Stanford in the 2014 Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif.
The Spartan defense looks forward to the challenge of containing Northwestern's running game, which ranks third in the Big Ten at nearly 239 yards per game.
Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi gives an update on the defense midway through preseason camp.
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
Three players preview the upcoming weekend match-up with Purdue.
Football versus the Michigan Wolverines on October 25, 2014.
CAREER NOTES: Third-year player and two-year letterwinner is in his first season as the starting Sam linebacker, replacing three-year starter Denicos Allen . . . has 50 tackles, including 12.5 for losses (55 yards) and 10 sacks (45 yards), in 34 career games . . . did not participate in spring practice due to a shoulder injury.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Has seen action in all seven games, including six starts at Sam linebacker . . . leads team with 123 production points . . . ranks fourth on the team with 28 tackles . . . has at least a half tackle for loss in every game . . . leads team and ranks second in the Big Ten with six sacks (25 yards) . . . leads team and ranks tied for eighth in the Big Ten in tackles for loss (1.14 pg.; eight for 31 yards) . . . recorded a career-high six tackles, including a 1-yard sack, at Indiana; led Spartan linebackers with 16 production points against the Hoosiers . . . led the defense with 30 production points at Purdue; had five tackles, including 1.5 for losses (9 yards) and one sack (7 yards) against the Boilermakers . . . impressive all-around game in victory over No. 19 Nebraska with five tackles, including 1.5 for losses (3 yards) with a 2-yard sack; also forced a fumble on Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah at the MSU 7-yard line that helped prevent a Husker score . . . recorded a team-high 40 production points against the Cornhuskers. . . had three tackles, including a 2-yard sack, against Wyoming . . . collected a half sack (4 yards), two tackles and two QB hurries vs. Eastern Michigan . . . posted three tackles at No. 3 Oregon, including a half tackle for loss (2 yards) . . . in his first career start, had four tackles, including two for losses (10 yards) and 1.5 sacks (9 yards), in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State.
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Recorded 17 tackles, including four sacks (20 yards), in 14 games . . . saw action primarily in third-down situations and special teams . . . recorded three tackles in the Big Ten Championship Game against No. 2 Ohio State, including a 5-yard sack . . . compiled 12.5 production points against No. 23 Michigan, collecting career highs in tackles (4), tackles for loss (2.5 for 14 yards) and sacks (2.5) . . . collected two tackles each against Purdue and Western Michigan.
2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 13 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . collected five tackles . . . also provided back-up at Sam linebacker . . . was credited with a half tackle for loss (4 yards) in the win at Wisconsin, as he combined with teammate Taiwan Jones for an 8-yard loss on Montee Ball . . . tallied two stops at Central Michigan . . . recorded a tackle in his collegiate debut vs. No. 24 Boise State.
2011 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Minnesota . . . selected Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Central Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top outside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 27), Scout.com (No. 33) and Scouts, Inc. (No. 86) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 51) . . . also named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . rated among the state's Top 20 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 9), Lansing State Journal (No. 10), Detroit Free Press (No. 13) and The Detroit News (No. 15) . . . three-year starter at linebacker for head coaches Donshell English and Anthony Elliott at Southeastern High School in Detroit, Michigan . . . recorded 56 tackles (36 solos, 20 assists) as a senior, with 17 resulting in losses including seven sacks . . . tallied nine tackles each vs. Cass Tech and King . . . registered two sacks each vs. Northwestern, Denby and Douglass . . . also saw action at tight end and running back for the Jungaleers . . . had 13 catches for 196 yards (15.1 avg.) and three touchdowns in 2010 . . . caught three passes for 35 yards and two TDs vs. Douglass . . . had two receptions for 50 yards and one score vs. Osborn in the 2010 season opener . . . produced a career-best 103 tackles as a junior, including 16 sacks . . . recorded at least one sack in every game in 2009, including 3.5 in the season opener vs. Osborn . . . also intercepted three passes and forced three fumbles as a junior . . . made 12 stops and forced two fumbles vs. Glenn . . . carried 20 times for 193 yards (9.7 avg.) and four TDs in 2009 . . . rushed four times for a season-best 54 yards and two scores vs. Glenn . . . had four receptions for 146 yards (36.5 avg.) and two TDs as a junior . . . posted 35 tackles, including 4.5 sacks, and forced three fumbles as a sophomore . . . former high school teammate of current Tampa Bay Buccaneer and former Spartan defensive end William Gholston . . . son of Chad and Renee Davis . . . born Feb. 5, 1993 . . . majoring in sociology.
DAVIS' CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 5, twice (last vs. Purdue, 10/11/14)
Tackles for loss: 2.5, vs. Michigan (11/2/2013)
Sacks: 2.5, vs. Michigan (11/2/2013)