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
CAREER NOTES: Fourth-year player will see time in the playing rotation along the interior of the defensive line . . . has 10 tackles, including one sack in 15 career games . . .earned his first letter after playing in six games as a sophomore in 2016 . . . converted from fullback to defensive line during redshirt season and as redshirt freshman.
2017 SEASON (JUNIOR): Has career-high eight tackles, including first sack of career, in nine games . . . missed the Penn State game with an injury . . . posted first career sack in Michigan game with a 14-yard sack, tallying 10 production points . . . tallied one stop in Iowa and Notre Dame games . . . doubled his career tackles total by posted career-high three tackles against Western Michigan . . . saw action in Bowling Green game, logging one tackle.
2016 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in six games to earn his first letter . . . played more than 30 snaps on the defensive line . . . recorded career-high two tackles vs. Rutgers and played a season-high 15 snaps against the Scarlet Knights.
2015 SEASON (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Did not see game action.
2014 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Participated in the 2014 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl Jan. 3 in Orlando, Florida . . . named one of the nation's top players by 247Sports (No. 132) . . . ranked among the nation's top fullbacks by ESPN.com (No. 1), 247Sports (No. 1), Scout.com (No. 3) and Rivals.com (No. 4) . . . rated among the East's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 32) . . . named to PrepStar's All-East Team . . . listed among New Jersey's top seniors by 247Sports (No. 6), National Underclassmen (No. 7), ESPN.com (No. 10) and Rivals.com (No. 23) . . . . . . three-year starter for Coach Clyde Folsom at West Deptford (New Jersey) High School . . . three-time All-Colonial Conference selection . . . helped lead the Eagles to back-to-back South Jersey Group 2 titles in 2011-12 . . . West Deptford put together a 29-game winning streak during one stretch . . . rushed 134 times for 921 yards (6.9 avg.) and 14 touchdowns as a senior . . . recorded four 100-yard rushing games in 2013, including 10 carries for a season-best 207 yards and four TDs in the opener vs. Gateway Regional . . . earned Group 2 all-state and All-South Jersey honors after setting career highs with 212 carries for 1,703 yards (8.0 avg.) and 26 TDs as a junior . . . produced 10 100-yard rushing games in 2012, including two 200-yard efforts . . . ran 28 times for 216 yards and five TDs in 42-28 win over Cedar Creek in 2012 South Jersey Group 2 Championship Game, as the Eagles capped off a perfect 13-0 season . . . carried 21 times for 220 yards and three scores vs. Woodbury in Week 2 . . . gained 1,563 yards on 163 attempts and scored 27 TDs as a sophomore . . . had 509 career carries for 4,187 yards (8.2 avg.) and set West Deptford all-time record with 69 total TDs . . . also lettered in wrestling . . . won district wrestling title at 220 pounds as a sophomore . . . son of James and Frances Owens . . . born July 1, 1996 . . . sociology major.