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
Second-year player will compete for playing time at Mike linebacker.
2013 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Iowa . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. South Florida.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the nation's Top 300 prospects by ESPN.com (No. 183) and CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 229) . . . rated among the country's top linebackers by CFN (No. 29) . . . listed among the nation's top inside linebackers by ESPN.com (No. 6), Rivals.com (No. 12) and 247Sports.com (No. 32) . . . ranked among the country's top outside linebackers by Scout.com (No. 17) . . . rated among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 23) . . . listed among Ohio's top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 9), Rivals.com (No. 17) and 247Sports.com (No. 30) . . . recorded six tackles and a safety in the 2012 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl at Reliant Stadium in Houston . . . two-year starter for Coach John Rodenberg at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio . . . helped the Crusaders to a combined record of 21-7 (.750), including the 2012 Division 1 state championship (12-3) . . . first-team All-Ohio selection by The Associated Press in 2012 . . . named AP Division I Defensive Player of the Year (shared honor with two others) as a senior . . . also selected Southwest Ohio District Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 . . . two-time All-Greater Catholic League South selection (2012: first team; 2011: second team) . . . recorded a career-best 130 tackles (51 solos, 79 assists) as a senior, with 13.5 resulting in losses (44 yards) including 2.5 sacks (15 yards) . . . also credited with four passes defended, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in 2012 . . . produced a team-high nine tackles, including two for losses (4 yards), vs. Toledo Whitmer in the Division I state championship game . . . reached double-figure tackles in five games as a senior: 12 stops vs. St. Edward, 11 at St. Xavier, 10 at Louisville St. Xavier, 13 at Detroit Catholic Central (sack and forced fumble) . . . tallied nine tackles and an interception vs. Grand Rapids Christian . . . registered 104 tackles (62 solos, 42 assists) as a junior, with 9.5 resulting in losses including two sacks . . . had a career-best two interceptions (56 yards) to go along with six pass break-ups and a fumble recovery in 2011 . . . former high school teammate of current Spartan wide receiver Monty Madaris . . . son of Antonia Jones . . . born Oct. 18, 1994 . . . brother Eric Thatcher played safety at Pittsburgh (2005-08) . . . majoring in supply chain management.