Connor Cook went 13 of 19 for 139 yards and a touchdown, and he became the school's career leader with his 28th victory as the starting quarterback.
Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering 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
2014 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in six games (Jacksonville State, Eastern Michigan, Wyoming, Indiana, Michigan, Rutgers) to earn his first letter . . . played a season-high 29 snaps vs. EMU and recorded two knockdowns.
2013 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation’s top offensive tackles by Scout.com (No. 21), CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 25), Rivals.com (No. 31) and ESPN.com (No. 35) . . . listed among the Midwest’s top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 53) . . . named to PrepStar’s All-Midwest Team . . . rated among the state’s top seniors by Scout.com (No. 6), Rivals.com (No. 8), ESPN.com (No. 8), Lansing State Journal (No. 9), The Detroit News (No. 12) and 247Sports.com (No. 14) . . . two-year starter at right tackle for Coach Thomas Wilcher at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan . . . helped the Technicians to a combined record of 23-5 (.825), including back-to-back Division 1 state titles . . . named to Detroit Free Press Division 1 all-state team as a senior . . . honorable mention all-state selection by The Detroit News . . . also earned all-metro honors from The Detroit News . . . anchored an offensive line that helped the Technicians rush for 289 yards (39 attempts; 7.4 yards per carry) in a 36-21 victory over Detroit Catholic Central in the 2012 Division 1 state championship game . . . grandson of Lela Finley; son of Debra Finley . . . born Jan. 29, 1995 . . . majoring in psychology.