Michigan State's 73 points is the third-highest single-game total in modern-day school history.
Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter.
No. 4 Spartans will face No. 5 Stanford in the 2014 Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif.
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: Third-year player is in his second season as the back-up quarterback . . . has completed 20-of-29 passes (.690) for 217 yards and two touchdowns in six career games.
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Has seen action in three games, completing 73 percent of his passes (11-of-15) for 127 yards, two touchdowns and one interception . . . completed both of his passes against Wyoming, including a 6-yard TD strike to Keith Mumphery; also had 14 rushing yards on three carries, including a 12-yard TD run . . . was 4-of-5 passing for 58 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown pass to AJ Troup, in the victory over Eastern Michigan . . . completed 5-of-8 passes for 56 yards and rushed for 5 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, in the season opener against Jacksonville State.
2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Saw action in three games (South Florida, Youngstown State, Illinois) to earn his first letter . . . Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . completed 9-of-14 passes (.643) for 90 yards . . . was 7-of-10 passing for 68 yards in the win over Youngstown State . . . in his collegiate debut vs. South Florida, completed 2-of-4 passes for 22 yards. . . . was 3-of-7 for 59 yards and two interceptions in the Green-White spring game . . . hit 6-of-10 passes of 141 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown to AJ Troup and a 55-yard completion to Monty Madaris, in the first spring scrimmage on April 5.
2012 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Boise State.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected Ohio's MVP after accounting for 174 total yards and two scores in a 24-21 overtime win over Pennsylvania in the 2012 Big 33 Football Classic . . . completed 18-of-33 throws for 243 yards and two touchdowns in Ohio North-South Classic . . . PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the nation's top pro-style quarterbacks by 247Sports.com (No. 13) and Rivals.com (No. 18) . . . rated among the country's top quarterbacks by ESPN.com (No. 58) . . . named to SuperPrep's All-Midwest Team . . . listed among Ohio's top seniors by 247Sports.com (No. 18), Rivals.com (No. 30) and ESPN.com (No. 51) . . . participated in the 2011 Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Malibu, Calif. . . . four-year starter for Coach Jerry Cooper at Lima (Ohio) Central Catholic High School . . . second-team All-Ohio (Division V) selection by The Associated Press in 2011 . . . named to AP Northwest All-District First Team as a senior . . . selected Northwest Conference Back of the Year for the second-straight season after throwing for 1,995 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2011 while leading the Thunderbirds to a 10-1 record and the No. 1 ranking in the final AP Division V Poll . . . connected on 18-of-32 passes for 333 yards, five TDs and four interceptions vs. Liberty-Benton in the 2011 state quarterfinals . . . also earned first-team all-conference honors as the kicking specialist as a senior, converting 26-of-29 extra-point attempts and averaging 38 yards per punt . . . voted 2010 NWC Back of the Year after accounting for 2,986 total yards and 40 TDs . . . completed 141-of-231 throws (.610) for 2,516 yards, 27 TDs and six interceptions as a junior . . . rushed for 470 yards and 13 scores in 2010 . . . threw for 1,631 yards (100-of-173 passing) and 21 TDs as a sophomore . . . hit 104-of-222 passes for 1,634 yards and 11 scores as a freshman . . . four-year starter on the Thunderbirds' basketball team . . . earned second-team AP All-Ohio (Division III) honors as a junior after averaging 12.8 points per game . . . son of Mike and Barb O'Connor . . . born March 4, 1994 . . . majoring in supply chain management.