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
A four-year letterwinner under head coach Mark Dantonio, Gardiner recorded 43 tackles in 44 career games for the Spartans from 2009-12. He registered a career-high 21 tackles during MSU’s Big Ten Championship season in 2010, including 13 on special teams. Gardiner tallied 17 stops in 13 games of action, including three starts, in 2011 as MSU tied a then-school record with 11 victories and defeated No. 18 Georgia in the Outback Bowl.
Gardiner was a three-year starter for Coach Mark Crabtree at Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio, and set school single-season records for tackles (172) and tackles for loss (24) as a senior while helping Coffman (13-1) advance to the Division I state semifinals. He also became the Shamrocks’ all-time leader in tackles (363) in 2007.
Gardiner received his bachelor’s degree in packaging from MSU in December 2012. He received his master’s degree in kinesiology from MSU in 2017.