MSU and Ohio State set to meet Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
Spartans sign 18 players and add one transfer.
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
2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Saw action in two games (vs. Indiana and Illinois) . . . played behind Blake Treadwell and Kodi Kieler at left guard in 2013.
2012 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Indiana.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top offensive tackles by 247Sports.com (No. 48), Rivals.com (No. 69) and ESPN.com (No. 78) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 75) and SuperPrep (No. 89) . . . rated among Ohio's top seniors by 247Sports.com (No. 26), ESPN.com (No. 37) and Rivals.com (No. 45) . . . three-year starter for Coach Ed Miley at Marlington High School in Alliance, Ohio . . . two-time first-team All-Ohio (Division III) choice by The Associated Press . . . two-time AP Northeast Inland All-District (first team), WHBC Radio All-Stark County and All-Northeastern Buckeye Conference selection . . . graded out at 90 percent for his blocking assignments and allowed no sacks as a senior . . . anchored an offensive line that helped the Lions rush for 3,078 yards and score 362 points in 2011 . . . also recorded 40 tackles, including a sack, as a senior . . . helped pave the way for a team that rushed for more than 4,000 yards in 2010 while advancing to the state semifinals . . . three-year letterman in wrestling . . . finished fifth in the 285-pound class in 2011 . . . son of Cecil and Kimberly Higgins . . . born Nov. 1, 1993 . . . kinesiology major.