Already the second-winningest class in school history, the class of 2014 has won 39 games entering Saturday's Senior Day against Rutgers.
Jeremy Langford ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns
Senior middle linebacker Taiwan Jones matched his career high with 10 tackles in No. 10 Michigan State's 27-22 win over No. 19 Nebraska, including a personal-best three tackles for loss (8 yards).
The Ducks averaged 45.5 points and 565.0 total yards per game en route to an 11-2 record in 2013.
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: Three-year letterwinner is in his third year as a starting linebacker, his first at Mike (middle) linebacker . . . has 27 career starts (17 at Star linebacker, 10 at Mike linebacker) . . . has 170 tackles, including 23.5 for losses (82 yards), in 51 career games.
2014 SEASON (SENIOR): Ranks second on the team with 162 production points . . . ranks tied for second on the team with 47 tackles, including a career-best 10.5 for losses (36 yards) and four sacks (19 yards) . . . had four tackles, including a 1-yard loss, and totaled 20 production points at Maryland; his deflection of a C.J. Brown pass was intercepted by RJ Williamson and ran back 22 yards for a touchdown . . . led team with eight tackles, including two tackles for loss (15 yards) and an 8-yard sack, to go along with his first career interception in the victory over Michigan . . . compiled a team-best 36 production points against the Wolverines . . . posted five tackles, including 1.5 for losses (3 yards) and one sack (1 yard), in win at Indiana . . . tied a career high with 10 tackles and set a career high with three tackles for loss (8 yards), including a sack (4 yards), while recording 29 production points in the victory over No. 19 Nebraska . . . tallied 12 production points vs. Wyoming (three tackles, including a 6-yard sack, to go along with a fumble recovery) . . . named the fourth game captain vs. Wyoming . . . recorded 13 production points against Eastern Michigan in addition to one tackle and one QB hurry . . . had five stops at No. 3 Oregon, including a 2-yard loss . . . recorded two tackles in his first career start at middle linebacker against Jacksonville State in the season opener.
2013 SEASON (JUNIOR): Started 13 of 14 games at Star linebacker . . . ranked fourth on the team with a career-high 67 tackles, including seven for losses (16 yards) . . . ranked seventh on the defense with 157 production points . . . led the Spartans with eight tackles, including a 1-yard loss, in the 100th Rose Bowl Game against No. 5 Stanford . . . collected five tackles against No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . recorded six stops, including one for a 2-yard loss, against Minnesota . . . tallied five tackles, including a 1-yard loss, in win at Nebraska . . . had two tackles, including a 2-yard loss, against No. 23 Michigan . . . led MSU with six stops at Illinois . . . tallied five tackles, including a 6-yard loss, vs. Purdue . . . had five stops vs. Indiana, including a 2-yard loss . . . made six tackles at Iowa . . . did not start, but played a majority of the game at No. 22 Notre Dame, recording five tackles against the Irish . . . left the Youngstown State game in the first half (injury) and did not return . . . registered two stops, including a 1-yard loss, against South Florida . . . produced six tackles in the season opener against Western Michigan.
2012 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in all 13 games, including four starts at the Star linebacker position (Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota) . . . recorded 38 tackles, tied for eighth most on the team . . . ranked fifth on the team with 5.5 tackles for losses (26 yards) . . . ranked tied for second on the team with five tackles on special teams . . . collected five tackles, including a 5-yard loss, at Minnesota . . . had five stops and a pass break-up vs. No. 21 Nebraska . . . recorded seven tackles, including 1.5 for losses (12 yards) and an 8-yard sack, in overtime win at Wisconsin . . . tallied two tackles at No. 23 Michigan, including a 2-yard loss . . . in his first career start, recorded a career-high 10 tackles, including a 1-yard loss, and broke up a pass vs. Iowa . . . had four tackles at Indiana, including a 5-yard loss . . . totaled 20 production points each in road games at Indiana and Wisconsin.
2011 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 14 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . also served as the back-up at Star linebacker behind Chris Norman . . . collected 18 tackles (3 solos, 15 assists) . . . was the only true freshman on offense or defense to see playing time for the Spartans . . . recorded a season-high four tackles and a pass break-up against Indiana . . . compiled three stops each against Central Michigan and Florida Atlantic.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top outside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 30) and Scout.com (No. 57) . . . listed among the country's top athletes by Scouts, Inc. (No. 73) . . . rated among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 57) . . . also named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . ranked among the state's Top 20 seniors by The Detroit News (No. 8), Rivals.com (No. 10), Detroit Free Press (No. 11) and Lansing State Journal (No. 12) . . . first-team all-state (Division 1-2) selection by The Detroit News and Associated Press . . . earned all-county and all-conference honors as a senior . . . selected Macomb Area Conference Blue Division MVP . . . three-year starter for Coach Phil Latona at Anchor Bay High School in Fair Haven, Michigan . . . accounted for more than 1,400 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior while leading the Tars to their first playoff appearance since 2004 . . . recorded 46 tackles (26 solos, 20 assists), including two for losses, and three interceptions from his strong safety position in 2010 . . . two-way starter also saw action at running back, wide receiver and quarterback . . . rushed 84 times for a team-best 856 yards (10.2 avg.) and 12 TDs as a senior . . . posted four 100-yard rushing games in 2010 . . . ranked second on the team with 34 receptions for 507 yards (14.9 avg.) and three TDs as a senior . . . accounted for 199 combined yards (rushing and receiving) and two scores vs. Port Huron North (10 carries for 101 yards, including an 83-yard TD run, and seven catches for 98 yards, including a 4-yard TD grab) . . . set career highs with eight catches for 111 yards vs. Stevenson . . . rushed 10 times for a career-best 185 yards vs. L'Anse Creuse, including TD runs of 47 and 67 yards . . . sidelined for all but two games as a junior due to a knee injury . . . three-year starter for the Anchor Bay basketball team . . . AP Class A All-State honorable mention in 2010-11 . . . selected to the Detroit Free Press All-East Team as a senior . . . named MAC Blue Division MVP after averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds in 2010-11 . . . turned in one of his best all-around performances vs. Port Huron, scoring 41 points and collecting 15 rebounds . . . rated among the state's Top 10 wing forwards by mirecruitpreps.com . . . son of Clarence and Kecia Jones . . . born Dec. 1, 1993 . . . participates in Athletes in Action sports ministry . . . majoring in sociology.
Tackles: 10, twice (last vs. Nebraska, 10/4/14)
Tackles for loss: 3, vs. Nebraska (10/4/14)
Sacks: 1.0, three times (last vs. Nebraska, 10/4/14)
Pass Break-ups: 1, four times