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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Second-year player expects to contribute on the defensive line . . . enters preseason camp as a back-up defensive end, behind Shilique Calhoun . . . named MSU's breakout player of the spring by ESPN.com . . . featured on Big Ten's All-Breakout Team for 2014 by BTN.com's Sean Merriman . . . recorded two tackles, including a 5-yard sack, in the Green-White game . . . collected four tackles, including two for losses (11 yards) and a 6-yard sack, in the second spring scrimmage April 12.
2013 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Western Michigan . . .
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top defensive ends by Scout.com (No. 58) and ESPN.com (No. 83) . . . rated among the country's top weakside defensive ends by 247Sports.com (No. 22) and Rivals.com (No. 28) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 143) . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by 247Sports.com (No. 12), Rivals.com (No. 14) and ESPN.com (No 29) . . . played his entire prep career for Coach Jason Richardson, both at Percy L. Julian and Morgan Park High Schools . . . recorded 14 tackles, including two sacks, and scored on a 3-yard reception vs. Hales Franciscan in his only appearance of the 2012 season . . . named Defensive Line MVP at National Underclassmen Five-Star Central Showcase in April 2012 . . . transferred from Morgan Park to Julian prior to his senior year . . . sat out his entire junior season with a knee injury . . . posted 89 tackles as a sophomore, with nearly half of his tackles resulting in losses . . . registered 40 tackles for loss in 2010, including 18 sacks . . . produced eight tackles, including three sacks, vs. Providence Catholic in the season opener at Soldier Field . . . also lettered in basketball . . . son of Diana Cooper and Steven Taylor Sr. . . . born Feb. 23, 1995 . . . no-preference major.