Spartans return five starters and 20 letterwinners.
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 walk-on provides depth at quarterback.
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Did not see game action.
2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Did not see game action.
2011 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Represented the East in the 2011 Michigan High School Football Coaches Association All-Star Game in Mount Pleasant . . . played for Coach John Herrington at Harrison High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan . . . named to the Detroit Free Press Division 2 All-State Team as a senior . . . led the Hawks to a perfect 14-0 record in 2010 en route to the Division 2 state championship . . . completed 156-of-276 passes (.565) for 2,803 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior . . . recorded five 200-yard passing games in 2010 . . . hit 19-of-32 throws for 310 yards and three scores vs. Lowell in the state title game, as Harrison rallied from a 21-10 third-quarter deficit for a 38-28 victory . . . his 310 passing yards vs. Lowell rank as the second most in state finals history . . . completed 17-of-29 passes for a career-best 344 yards and two TDs vs. Warren De La Salle in the regional final . . . threw a school-record five TD passes - all in the first half - vs. Rochester Adams (13-of-20 passing for 298 yards) . . . ran for another score to account for six total TDs vs Rochester Adams . . . son of Mark and Julie Vento; stepson of Kelly Vento . . . born Dec. 12, 1992 . . . majoring in finance.