Quotes from players and coaches.
The 2014 senior class recorded its 40th win since 2011.
Already the second-winningest class in school history, the class of 2014 has won 39 games entering Saturday's Senior Day against Rutgers.
Nick Hill ran for two scores to help lead Michigan State
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
Michigan State vs. Rutgers (USATSI)
Football versus the Michigan Wolverines on October 25, 2014.
Michigan State vs. Indiana
Michigan State vs. Purdue
Michigan State vs. Wyoming (USATSI)
BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST
MIDSEASON ALL-AMERICAN (THIRD TEAM, PHIL STEELE)
MIDSEASON ALL-BIG TEN (ESPN.COM, PHIL STEELE)
CAREER NOTES: Fifth-year senior is in his third year as a starting split end . . . three-year letterwinner has 135 catches for 2,048 yards (15.2 avg.) and 13 touchdowns in 51 career games, including 25 starts (19 consecutive) at wide receiver . . . has caught at least one pass in 20 consecutive games . . . moved to wide receiver full-time in 2012 after playing both receiver and cornerback in 2011; started four games at cornerback . . . ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in receptions (tied for fifth with 135), receiving yards (10th with 2,048) and touchdown receptions (tied for 11th with 13) . . . led team with 44 receptions as a junior in 2013 and ranked second on the team in receiving yards (613) and tied for fourth in touchdown receptions (2)
2014 SEASON (SENIOR): Is just one yard away (999) from recording the eighth 1,000-yard receiving season in MSU history . . . currently ranks third in MSU single-season history in 100-yard receiving games (6), fifth in touchdown receptions (9) and eighth in receiving yards (999) . . . named Midseason All-American by Phil Steele (third team) . . . added to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List . . . Midseason All-Big Ten selection by ESPN.com and Phil Steele (first team) . . . ranks first in the Big Ten and 14th in the NCAA FBS in receiving (99.9 ypg.) . . . leads Big Ten and ranks tied for ninth in FBS with nine TD receptions . . . has a career-high 999 receiving yards on a career-high 51 catches . . . has six 100-yard receiving games, which ranks tied for third most in an MSU single-season . . . ranks fourth in the conference in receptions (51; 5.1 pg.) . . . leads Spartan receivers in explosive plays (16 catches of 20-plus yards) . . . 86 percent of his catches (44-of-51) have gone for either a touchdown or first down . . . had four receptions for 46 yards at Maryland . . . tied for team lead with five catches for 64 yards vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . recorded his sixth 100-yard receiving game of the season and fourth straight with 103 yards on just three catches in the win over Michigan, including a 70-yard TD reception . . . had 123 yards on seven catches at Indiana; however, his streak of eight straight games with a TD reception was snapped against the Hoosiers . . . collected 138 receiving yards on seven catches, including a 39-yard TD, at Purdue . . . had three receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown against No. 19 Nebraska; it also marked the highest single-game receiving total in series history against the Huskers . . . also produced his first career rushing TD, scoring on a 32-yard double reverse late in the third quarter to give the Spartans a 27-3 lead . . . named the fourth game captain vs. Nebraska . . . hauled in four catches for 76 yards, including a 19-yard TD pass from Connor Cook, against Wyoming . . . had three receptions for 45 yards, including TD catches of 23 and 8 yards, vs. Eastern Michigan . . . established a career high with 11 receptions for 133 yards, including a 7-yard TD catch, at No. 3 Oregon; the 11 receptions ranked among the Top 10 receiving performances in MSU single-game history (tied for seventh) . . . recorded a career-high 167 receiving yards and two touchdowns (71 and 64 yards) on just four catches (41.8 avg.) in the season opener against Jacksonville State; the 167 receiving yards ranked among the Top 20 receiving performances in MSU single-game history (No. 16).
2013 SEASON (JUNIOR): Led team with a career-high 44 receptions . . . ranked second on the team in receiving yards (613) and tied for fourth in touchdown receptions (2) . . . saw action in all 14 games, including 10 starts at split end . . . ranked first on the team in explosive plays (20-plus yards) with 11 (all receptions) . . . led team in Big Ten games with 31 receptions for 413 yards . . . 31 of his 44 receptions (.705) resulted in either a first down or touchdown . . . recipient of MSU's Danziger Award (Outstanding Detroit-Area Player) . . . tied for team lead with five receptions for a career-high 94 yards in the 100th Rose Bowl Game against No. 5 Stanford; had the game-winning TD catch on a 25-yard pass from Connor Cook at the 13:22 mark in the fourth quarter, putting MSU on top 24-17 in the eventual 24-20 victory over the Cardinal . . . named to ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team . . . had four receptions for 65 yards, including a 33-yard TD grab from Cook, to help Spartans defeat No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . led MSU in receiving for the third consecutive game with four catches for 71 yards against Minnesota . . . had three catches for 64 yards, including a career-long 48-yard grab, in the win at Northwestern . . . totaled 67 receiving yards on four catches at Nebraska, the most receiving yards ever by a Spartan against the Huskers . . . had five receptions for 62 yards in win over No. 23 Michigan . . . caught five passes for 49 yards and threw his first career TD pass, a 5-yard strike to Andrew Gleichert in the fourth quarter, in MSU's 14-0 win over Purdue . . . recorded a career-high six receptions for 64 yards against Indiana . . . caught two passes for 29 yards in a start at Iowa, including a 20-yard reception . . . hauled in four receptions for 41 yards vs. Youngstown State.
2012 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Ranked tied for third on the team in receptions (36) and fourth in receiving yards (392) . . . tied for second on the team with two touchdown receptions . . . ranked fourth on the team with 22 first-down catches . . . caught three passes for 24 yards at Minnesota . . . had two catches for 17 yards against Northwestern, including a 6-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter . . . hauled in a 46-yard grab for his first career TD reception vs. No. 21 Nebraska . . . had five catches for 49 yards, including a leaping 20-yard grab late in the fourth quarter on MSU's game-tying TD drive, in the overtime win at Wisconsin . . . had five receptions for 39 yards at No. 23 Michigan . . . caught five passes for 40 yards at Indiana . . . had four catches for 46 yards against No. 14 Ohio State . . . had three receptions for 21 yards vs. No. 20 Notre Dame . . . caught three passes for 62 yards (20.7 avg.) against No. 24 Boise State in his first career start.
2011 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team honorable mention selection . . . appeared in all 14 games, including five starts at cornerback (vs. Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana, Northwestern and Georgia) . . . collected 18 tackles (9 solos, 9 assists) . . . ranked tied for second on the team with five pass break-ups . . . also saw time as a wide receiver and had four catches for 44 yards (11.0 avg.) . . . recorded a career-high five tackles and three pass break-ups in win at Northwestern . . . compiled four stops, including a half tackle for loss, while starting against Indiana . . . at Iowa, had three tackles, broke up a pass, and recovered a fumble late in the fourth quarter that sealed MSU's 37-21 victory over the Hawkeyes; played a majority of the game at cornerback following a first quarter injury to Darqueze Dennard . . . earned the start against Minnesota, filling in for Dennard . . . made his first career start at cornerback at No. 13 Nebraska; had two tackles against the Cornhuskers . . . hauled in three catches for 29 yards against Central Michigan and also broke up a pass . . . in his career debut, played at both cornerback and wide receiver against Youngstown State; had one reception for 15 yards.
2010 SEASON: Redshirted . . . selected Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Michigan after emulating Denard Robinson.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Represented the East in the 2010 Michigan High School All-Star Game, played June 19 in Spartan Stadium, and led all receivers with four catches for 95 yards . . . rated among the nation's top wide receivers by Scouts,Inc. (No. 50) and Scout.com (No. 62) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . listed among the state's top seniors by Scout.com (No. 13), Detroit Free Press (No. 13), Lansing State Journal (No. 16), The Detroit News (No. 17) and Rivals.com (No. 19) . . . three-year starter for Coach Rod Oden at Crockett High School in Detroit, Michigan . . . Associated Press All-State selection as a defensive back in 2009 . . . recorded 55 tackles (36 solos, 19 assists) and nine interceptions (45 return yards) as a senior . . . posted a season-high seven tackles vs. Cody . . . intercepted two passes vs. St. Mary Catholic Central . . . accounted for 3,014 total yards and 30 touchdowns while leading the Rockets to a 10-2 record in 2009 . . . completed 116-of-187 passes (.620) for 2,066 yards, 17 TDs and six interceptions as a senior while earning All-Metro Detroit honors . . . produced four 200-yard passing games in 2009, including two 300-yard efforts . . . hit 18-of-27 passes for 330 yards, three TDs and one interception in Crockett's 50-48 victory over Hazel Park . . . completed 11-of-15 throws for 213 yards and two scores vs. Cooley . . . connected on 10-of-12 tosses for 199 yards and three TDs vs. Finney . . . went 12-of-15 passing for 238 yards and two TDs vs. Kettering . . . completed 16-of-21 passes for 359 yards, four TDs and one interception in a 32-26 win over St. Mary Catholic Central . . . rushed 105 times for 948 yards (9.0 avg.) and 13 TDs as a senior . . . recorded three 100-yard rushing games in 2009: vs. Kettering (9 carries for 146 yards and one TD), Cooley (7 for 129 and one TD) and Hazel Park (15 for 129 and four TDs) . . . registered 36 tackles (32 solos, 4 assists) and three interceptions as a junior . . . came up with two interceptions vs. Detroit Northwestern . . . made six solo stops vs. Denby Tech . . . accounted for 2,749 total yards and 23 TDs in 2008 . . . completed 157-of-219 throws (.717) for 1,967 yards, 13 TDs and 12 interceptions as a junior . . . had four 200-yard passing games in 2008, including three straight during one stretch . . . threw for 292 yards and two scores on 21-of-23 passing vs. Denby Tech . . . carried 87 times for 782 yards (9.0 avg.) and 10 TDs in 2008 . . . gained a career-best 165 yards and scored three TDs on 12 attempts vs. Denby Tech . . . son of Selina Stafford and Tony Lippett . . . born July 2, 1992 . . . majoring in communication.
LIPPETT'S CAREER HIGHS
Catches: 11, vs. Oregon (9/6/14)
Receiving Yards: 167, vs. Jacksonville State (8/29/14)
TD Catches: 2, vs. Jacksonville State (8/29/14)
Tackles: 5, vs. Northwestern (11/26/11)
Pass Break-ups: 3, vs. Northwestern (11/26/11)