In its Big Ten opener Saturday night, Michigan State limited Nebraska to 47 yards rushing on 37 attempts - nearly 308 yards below the Huskers' season average.
Following a 46-27 loss at Oregon, Michigan State used the bye week to regroup and refocus before opening a three-game homestand against Eastern Michigan.
Michigan State returns 19 letterwinners and five starters from the Big Ten's top-ranked defense in 2013.
All-American Darqueze Dennard voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
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
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CAREER NOTES: Fifth-year senior is in his fourth year as a starting defensive end . . . three-year letterwinner has started in 47 of his 48 career games (school record for starts is 49 held by OG Joel Foreman and LB Eric Gordon) . . . has 149 tackles, including 33.5 for losses (157 yards) and 14.5 sacks (105 yards) . . . ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in sacks (10th with 14.5) and tackles for loss (eighth with 33.5) . . . also has 14 career pass break-ups . . . ranks 23rd (tied) among all active NCAA FBS leaders in sacks (14.5).
2014 SEASON (SENIOR): Midseason All-Big Ten selection by ESPN.com and Phil Steele (second team) . . . has 25 tackles, including 6.5 for losses (40 yards) and 3.5 sacks (34 yards) . . . ranks sixth on the team with 71 production points . . . led Spartan defensive lineman in win over No. 19 Nebraska with 21 production points; had four tackles, including two for losses (11 yards) . . . sacked quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. and forced a fumble on the Husker 2-yard line that led to a Spartan field goal in the third quarter . . . delivered three tackles, including a 12-yard sack, and had a pass break-up against Wyoming . . . tied career highs with 11 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss (14 yards) at No. 3 Oregon, including an 11-yard sack of Marcus Mariota . . . recorded two tackles, including a half tackle for loss, in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State.
2013 SEASON (JUNIOR): Recorded 30 tackles, including 7.5 for losses (38 yards) and a career-high five sacks (27 yards) . . . ranked third on the team in sacks and fourth in tackles for loss . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media . . . ranked ninth on the defense with 129 production points . . . had three tackles in the 100th Rose Bowl Game against fifth-ranked Stanford . . . tied career highs with 2.5 tackles for loss (13 yards) and two sacks (12 yards) and had four tackles overall against Minnesota . . . collected four stops, including a 7-yard loss, in victory over No. 23 Michigan . . . compiled a team-high 22 production points at Illinois with three tackles, including two for losses with a 4-yard sack, while also recovering a fumble and breaking up a pass . . . had his streak of 31 consecutive starts snapped at Iowa . . . tied a career high with two sacks (11 yards) in the season opener vs. Western Michigan; had four tackles total and recorded 37 production points, including four quarterback hits, against the Broncos.
2012 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Started all 13 games at defensive end . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media . . . ranked second among MSU defensive linemen with 38 tackles . . . ranked fourth on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss (34 yards), including 2.0 sacks (21 yards) . . . tied for team lead with five quarterback hurries . . . also had five pass break-ups . . . posted three stops, including a half tackle for loss (1 yard), in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl victory over TCU . . . collected four tackles, including a 10-yard sack, vs. No. 21 Nebraska (season-high 28 production points) . . . tallied five tackles, including a half tackle for loss, and blocked a punt in win at Wisconsin . . . produced an 11-yard sack and had four tackles overall in the win at Indiana . . . recorded five tackles, broke up a pass and forced a fumble vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . posted three tackles, including a 3-yard loss, and broke up a pass against Eastern Michigan . . . tied for team lead in tackles (6) and tackles for loss (2.0 for 3 yards) vs. No. 20 Notre Dame . . . broke up a pass and had two quarterback hurries at Central Michigan.
2011 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Started all 14 games at defensive end . . . named Big Ten Freshman Defensive MVP by ESPN.com . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches and media) . . . named Freshman All-American by FWAA (first team), Sporting News (first team), Yahoo! Sports (second team), Phil Steele (second team) and CollegeFootballNews.com (second team) . . . named to ESPN.com, Yahoo! Sports and BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team . . . ranked second among MSU defensive linemen with 58 tackles (4.1 avg.) . . . ranked first among Big Ten freshmen in sacks (4.0 for 23 yards) and tackles for loss (12.0 for 45 yards) . . . tied for second on the team with five pass break-ups . . . helped MSU to a win over No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl after tying for the team lead with seven tackles, including two for losses (4 yards), while also breaking up a pass against the Bulldogs . . . excellent all-around game in win at Northwestern: collected five tackles, including a career-high two sacks (6 yards), forced a fumble, and broke up a pass . . . had three tackles, including a 2-yard tackle for loss, and broke up a pass in win at Iowa . . . collected three tackles against Minnesota . . . earned honorable mention College Football Performance Awards Defensive Lineman of the Week accolades after recording a career-high 11 tackles, including 2.5 for losses (4 yards), at No. 13 Nebraska . . . compiled five stops and had a quarterback hurry in victory against No. 4 Wisconsin . . . had three tackles, including a 10-yard sack of Denard Robinson, and three QB hurries in MSU's 28-14 win over No. 11 Michigan . . . earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after collecting four tackles, including a 7-yard sack, in MSU's 10-7 win at Ohio State . . . named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week after registering one tackle, two quarterback hurries and a pass break-up vs. Central Michigan . . . had seven tackles, including two for losses (10 yards), along with two quarterback hurries at Notre Dame . . . made his first career start against Youngstown State and recorded four tackles, including a half tackle for loss, and also had two quarterback hurries.
2010 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation's top defensive ends by Scouts, Inc. (No. 55), Scout.com (No. 60) and Max Emfinger (No. 74) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . ranked among Ohio's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 36) and Scout.com (No. 44) . . . two-year starter for Coach John Rodenberg at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio . . . selected Great Catholic League South Co-Athlete of the Year after leading the conference in sacks (11 for 73 yards) as a senior while helping the Crusaders to a 9-2 record . . . finished second on the team in tackles with 70 (35 solos, 35 assists) in 2009, including 15.5 for losses (103 yards) . . . had two interceptions as a senior, returning one 10 yards for a touchdown in the season opener vs. Winton Woods . . . also credited with four quarterback hurries, four passes defended and two blocked kicks in 2009 . . . posted a season-best three sacks vs. LaSalle . . . earned second-team All-GCL South honors as a junior . . . registered 75 tackles, including nine sacks, and recovered two fumbles in 2008 . . . recorded a career-high four sacks vs. Findlay . . . intercepted a pass in back-to-back games vs. Elder (55-yard return) and Indianapolis Cathedral (60-yard return) . . . appeared in eight games as a sophomore and made 16 tackles (8 solos, 8 assists) . . . attended the same high school that produced former Spartan two-time consensus All-American Greg Jones as well as red-shirt freshman linebacker Shane Jones and sophomore wide receiver Monty Madaris . . . son of John and Ginny Rush . . . born June 19, 1991 . . . majoring in advertising.
Tackles: 11, twice
Tackles for loss: 2.5, three times
Sacks: 2.0, twice