Michael Geiger kicked a game-winning field in the final seconds to overcome the Buckeyes.
Ninety-five Spartan student-athletes were recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
In the first eight seasons under head coach Mark Dantonio, 98 student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big Ten.
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.
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
Fourth-year player and two-year letterwinner has spent the past two seasons as the back-up quarterback . . . has completed 21-of-30 passes (.700) for 241 yards and two touchdowns in eight career games . . . also has rushed for 46 yards and two TDs on 14 carries.
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in five games, completing 75 percent of his passes (12-of-16) for 151 yards, two touchdowns and one interception . . . back-to-back Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . completed his only pass attempt, a 24-yarder to Monty Madaris, in the fourth quarter against Rutgers . . . 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.
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 . . . spent 2 and 1/2 weeks in Australia (June-July 2015), participating in MSU's study abroad International Summer Sports Program . . . majoring in supply chain management and is on track to graduate in December.