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.
RB LJ Scott ran for 122 yards and one touchdown in win over the Scarlet Knights.
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and players discuss the MSU-UM game.
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
Check out the Michigan State USATSI photo gallery from the game against Penn State.
Check out the USATSI photo gallery from the Michigan State football game against No. 2 Ohio State.
Photos from Michigan State @ Illinois on November 5, 2016.
USATSI Gallery - No. 2 Michigan @ Michigan State
USATSI Gallery - Northwestern @ Michigan State
CAREER NOTES: Fifth-year senior and three-year letterwinner, who has spent the past three seasons as the back-up quarterback, enters preseason camp listed as a co-starter at quarterback on the depth chart . . . capped a successful spring campaign by completing 10-of-16 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown in the Green-White spring game . . . has completed 34-of-54 passes (.630) for 374 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in 14 career games (12 at quarterback; two at punter) . . . also has rushed for 94 yards and two TDs on 28 carries (3.4 avg.) . . . three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2015 SEASON (JUNIOR): Played in six games (four at quarterback, two at punter) . . . completed 54 percent of his passes (13-of-24) for 133 yards, two touchdowns and one interception . . . saw brief action (four snaps) vs. Penn State . . . in his first career start at No. 2 Ohio State, completed 7-of-12 passes for 89 yards and one touchdown (12 yards to Trevon Pendleton in second quarter) and rushed eight times for 25 yards, as the Spartans ended the Buckeyes' 23-game winning streak with a 17-14 victory in Columbus . . . named the Spartan Offensive Player of the Week for his effort against OSU . . . his 89 passing yards and 12 pass attempts against the Buckeyes were a career high, and the seven completions tied a career high (Youngstown State, 2013) . . . in his first extended action of the season, came off the bench to complete 6-of-11 throws for 44 yards against Maryland, including a 10-yard touchdown strike to Macgarrett Kings Jr. with 6:52 left in the first quarter . . . directed TD drives of 50 yards (10 plays) in the first quarter and 62 yards (11 plays) in the third quarter against the Terrapins . . . named fourth game captain vs. Indiana . . . punted in two games (Rutgers, Michigan) . . . was the starting punter at No. 12 Michigan; averaged 38.2 yards per punt (four punts for 153 yards), including a 46-yarder, against the Wolverines . . . named Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Rutgers after recording a 39-yard punt that was placed on the RU 5-yard line in the third quarter; it marked his first career punt.
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 . . . 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 . . . earned his bachelor's degree in supply chain management in December 2015 . . . is currently pursuing a master's degree in marketing research and is scheduled to graduate in December 2016.