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
Third-year walk-on provides depth at fullback.
2013 SEASON (JUNIOR): Did not see game action.
2012 SEASON: Sat out the entire 2012 season after transferring to Michigan State from the University of Pennsylvania.
2011 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN AT PENN): Appeared in 10 games in 2011, playing primarily on the defensive line and special teams . . . recorded a pass break-up vs. Fordham . . . Did not see game action in 2010.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Four-year letterman for Coach Tony Patritto at Adams High School in Rochester, Michigan, where he helped the Highlanders to three league championships . . . selected team captain as a senior . . . earned all-league and all-county honors in 2009 . . . also named all-league in lacrosse . . . son of Daniel and Heather Rea . . . born Nov. 25, 1991 . . . brother Josh played lacrosse at Roanoke College . . . majoring in finance.