QB Tyler O'Connor threw for 118 yards in loss to the Nittany Lions
The 2016 Senior Class has won 39 games, fourth most as a class in school history, including two Big Ten Championships and victories in the Rose Bowl and Cotton Bowl.
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
USATSI Gallery - No. 2 Michigan @ Michigan State
Check out the photo gallery from the Michigan State football game against Ohio State.
The Spartans traveled to Rutgers to take on the Scarlet Knights on Saturday night.
Michigan State vs. Rutgers (USATSI)
Michigan State vs. Purdue
CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner enters his fourth year as the starting placekicker in 2016 . . . has made 41 of his 57 career field-goal attempts (.719) . . . made a school-record 98 consecutive point-after attempts (streak ran from Nov. 23, 2013, vs. Northwestern to Sept. 26, 2015, vs. Central Michigan); that streak is also tied for the ninth longest in Big Ten history . . . ranks second in MSU history in extra-points made (159), fifth in field-goal percentage (.719) and points (282) and ninth in field goals made (41) . . . set an MSU single-season record as a true freshman by making 93.8 percent of his field-goal attempts (15-of-16), which ranked first in the Big Ten and tied for fourth in the NCAA FBS.
2015 SEASON (JUNIOR): Ranked first on the team and seventh in the Big Ten in scoring with 87 points (6.7 ppg; 51-for-53 PATs; 12-for-19 FGs) . . . applied engineering sciences major was an Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second year in a row . . . connected on 3-of-5 field-goal attempts (23, 29, season-long 47 yards) and scored 10 points in the win over No. 4 Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . made 7-of-8 PATs in win over Penn State . . . named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after accounting for five points at Ohio State, including the game-winning 41-yard field goal as time expired, as MSU snapped the second-ranked Buckeyes' 23-game winning streak with a 17-14 victory . . . scored six points vs. Maryland (35-yard field goal; three PATs) . . . made all five of his PATs and connected on a 46-yard field goal at Nebraska . . . scored 10 points in the win over Indiana; made all seven of his PATs and hit a 21-yard field goal . . . was 1-of-2 on field-goal tries and made all four PATs at Rutgers . . . hit three PATs and a 30-yard field goal vs. Purdue . . . connected on a 47-yard field goal vs. Central Michigan; made his first three PATs but had his fourth attempt blocked, ending his school-record streak of 98 made in a row . . . made all five of his PATs vs. Air Force . . . collected seven points (four PATs, 36-yard field goal) vs. No. 7 Oregon . . . scored seven points in the season opener at Western Michigan (four PATs, 21-yard field goal).
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Made 14 of his 22 field-goal attempts (.636) and all 72 of his extra-point attempts . . . ranked tied for first in the Big Ten in PAT percentage (1.000), second in kick scoring (8.8 ppg.), fifth in scoring (8.8 ppg.), and tied for ninth in field goals (1.08 pg.) . . . set an MSU single-season record with 72 extra points, which ranked second in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA FBS . . . tied for fourth in MSU single-season history with 114 points (most by a placekicker) . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . set a Spartan single-game bowl record with six PATs in the Cotton Bowl Classic victory over No. 4 Baylor, including the game-winning PAT with 17 seconds remaining that put MSU on top, 42-41 . . . connected on two of his three field-goal attempts (36, 39 yards) and made all four PATs in win at Penn State . . . hit a 23-yard field goal and made all six of his PATs against Rutgers; also ran a fake field-goal attempt 23 yards to the 1-yard line in the third quarter . . . made a season-high three field goals (22, 34 and 35 yards) and had four PATs in the win at Maryland . . . connected on a 40-yard field goal and made four PATs vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . made all five PATs in the victory over Michigan . . . went 8-for-8 in PATs at Indiana . . . made all six of his PATs and was 1-of-2 on field goals (made 42 yarder, missed 44 yarder) at Purdue . . . was 2-of-3 on field-goal attempts (made 28 and 27 yarders, missed 36 yarder) and made three PATs vs. No. 19 Nebraska . . . had seven PATs against Wyoming . . . tied a school record with 10 extra points vs. Eastern Michigan; also made a 30-yard field goal against the Eagles . . . connected on both of his field-goal attempts at No. 3 Oregon (42 and 34 yards); also had three PATs . . . had his streak of 13 consecutive field goals made snapped as he missed 41-yard attempt in the first quarter against Jacksonville State; made a 35-yard attempt in the second quarter . . . had six PATs against the Gamecocks.
2013 SEASON (FRESHMAN): True freshman set an MSU single-season record by making 93.8 percent of his field-goal attempts (15-of-16), which ranked first in the Big Ten and tied for fourth in the NCAA FBS . . . ranked second on the team in scoring with 81 points . . . ranked tied for third in the Big Ten with 15 field goals made . . . closed the season by making 13 consecutive field goals (school record: 15 by Brett Swenson in 2008) . . . ranked tied for fifth in the Big Ten in scoring (7.4 ppg.) and tied for second in kick scoring . . . was 8-of-8 from 40-plus yards . . . was 36-for-38 in point-after attempts (.947) . . . named first-team Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America . . . garnered honorable mention All-America recognition from SI.com . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by the media . . . named to ESPN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team . . . connected on a 31-yard field goal in the third quarter of the Rose Bowl Game against Stanford that tied the game at 17; also made all three of his PATs in the win over the Cardinal . . . named College Football Performance Awards National Placekicker of the Week after scoring 10 points (two field goals, four PATs) in win over No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game; connected on a 40-yarder in the first quarter and a 44-yarder in the third quarter . . . kicked a 37-yard field goal and made three PATs at Northwestern . . . scored 11 points at Nebraska, including two field goals (45 and 25 yards) and five PATs . . . collected 11 points in win over No. 23 Michigan, including three field goals (40, 44 and 35 yards) and two PATs . . . made all six of his PATs vs. Illinois and Indiana . . . scored 14 points at Iowa and was 4-of-5 on field-goal attempts (made from 27, 35, 49 and 40 yards) against the Hawkeyes . . . made his collegiate debut at No. 22 Notre Dame; connected on 25 and 42-yard field goals and also made his only PAT against the Irish.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Made game-winning, 56-yard field goal with 5:14 left in the fourth quarter of the 2013 Ohio High School Football Coaches Association's annual North-South Classic (Divisions IV, V and VI) in Dayton, Ohio, on April 27 as the North defeated the South, 27-24 . . . represented the East in the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, California . . . ranked among the nation's top kickers by Rivals.com (No. 1), 247Sports.com (No. 1), Chris Sailer (No. 1), Scout.com (No. 9) and ESPN.com (No. 12) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 121) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . rated among Ohio's top seniors by 247Sports.com (No. 45) and ESPN.com (No. 57) . . . two-year starter for Coach Chris Hardman at Ottawa Hills High School in Toledo, Ohio . . . Associated Press Division VI All-Ohio First-Team selection in 2012 . . . also started at wide receiver and safety for the Green Bears . . . connected on 6-of-10 field-goal attempts as a senior, including a career-long 54-yarder . . . 48 of his 52 kickoffs resulted in touchbacks (.923) in 2012 . . . averaged 41.6 yards per punt as a senior . . . converted 35-of-37 extra-point attempts (.946) as a junior . . . 88 percent of kickoffs resulted in touchbacks in 2011 . . . also averaged 41.6 yards per punt as a junior . . . scored two touchdowns in 2010 . . . two-time Division III All-Ohio selection in soccer as a goalkeeper (senior: first team; junior: second team) . . . son of Jim and Mary Geiger . . . born Oct. 4, 1994 . . . majoring in applied engineering sciences.