Football msuspartans.com —  Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes, Nick Hill ran for two scores and No. 8 Michigan State got a late interception return for a touchdown to hold off Purdue 45-31 Saturday. Purdue's defense just couldn't stop Michigan State, which amassed 532 total yards.

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Michigan State survives another hectic fourth quarter MLive
Michigan State's fourth-quarter issues continued at Purdue, but for the second consecutive week the Spartans escaped with a victory. The No. 8-ranked Spartans (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) hung on for a 45-31 victory over upset-minded Purdue (3-4, 1-2) before the crowd of 40,217 at Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday.

MSU imposes will on Purdue but doesn't impress Detroit Free Press
If this is at all about impressing people, consider Saturday a setback for the Michigan State football team. And if it's about learning how to finish and playing better in the fourth quarter – consider the lesson incomplete. Oregon, Nebraska and Purdue have now outscored the Spartans 47-7 in the fourth quarter this season, and the Boilermakers nearly handed Mark Dantonio the biggest upset loss of his eight-year tenure at MSU.

Tony Lippett caps off monster first half of season with 138-yard day MLive
AA fast start helped the senior wideout have his biggest game in more than a month. And given his season so far, that's saying something. Lippett finished with 138 yards on seven catches with a touchdown.

Michigan State 45, Purdue 31: Instant Reactions The Only Colors
Eighth-ranked Michigan State survives yet another poor fourth-quarter performance to come away with 45-31 road win at Purdue.

MSU football sees second consecutive lackluster finish in win over Purdue, 45-31 State News
No. 8 MSU football experienced deja vu on Saturday. For a second consecutive week, the Spartans nearly blew a 20-plus point lead in the fourth quarter. But again, the defense came up big late with a turnover to seal the victory over Purdue, 45-31.

Questions about finishing remain for Michigan State after another fourth-quarter close call MLive
One of the biggest focuses for the Michigan State football team this week is still one of its biggest questions after another closer-than-expected win. For the second straight week, Michigan State entered the fourth quarter up by more than 20 points. And for the second straight week, its opponent had a chance to take the lead with a drive late in the game.

Spartans narrowly avoid massive upset vs Purdue iSportsWeb
After nearly blowing a huge fourth quarter lead last weekend, there’s no way Michigan State would allow a team like Purdue to hang with them this week right? As the great Lee Corso would say, not so fast.

Connor Cook throws three TD passes, says 45-31 win 'frustrating' MLive
Connor Cook felt like the Michigan State offense played a pretty good football game -- for three quarters. "I'd thought we did great, first half played awesome, third quarter played awesome,'' Cook said. "And then in the fourth quarter, we didn't execute. We played three great quarters, we've just got to finish."

Spartans take on Motto of Tom Izzo as They, “Survive and advance” Spartan Nation
The #8 ranked Michigan State Spartans came in to this game with a mandate. Win and win big. Well they took care of the first one and depending on your definition of BIG they pulled out a 45-31 victory over the improving Purdue Boilermakers. Was 14 points big enough?
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Football mlive.com —  After a 23-point trouncing last year, Las Vegas oddsmakers don't see the Michigan State-Michigan rivalry getting much closer this year. Michigan State opens the week as a 15-point favorite against rival Michigan for its 3:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Spartan Stadium, according to VegasInsider.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Trying to figure out which four teams will make the inaugural College Football Playoff can sometimes feel like predicting the weather in the state of Michigan. Just when you’ve got it all figured out, it snows in May. For Michigan State, the continued chaos can only help.
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Football mlive.com —  Even after a day that included 662 yards of total offense, the most for Michigan State in the Mark Dantonio era, it's up to the coaching staff to continually find areas of improvement. And after a 56-17 win Saturday over Indiana, the Spartans are looking to get better in an area that has dogged them this season: short-yardage situations.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State hopes to finish this season with a second consecutive Big Ten championship and an invitation to the inaugural College Football Playoff; both of which are achievable if the Spartans win out. MSU has the talent to run the table, but there is one large problem it will have to fix if this season is going to end with a championship --the fourth quarter.
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Football freep.com —  Free Press sports writer Joe Rexrode breaks down three lessons learned Saturday:
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Football freep.com —  The letdowns within games signal new territory for Mark Dantonio, and I'm sure he'd love to build a huge lead in Michigan State's next game at Indiana and see whether his team can preserve it this time. The true definition of a letdown, though, happens between games. It's a team not caring enough or respecting its opponent enough or being emotionally mature enough to prepare enough. And with Dantonio approaching two milestones in his eighth season, the remarkable absence of that in his program also should get some attention.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State is beginning to find out just how hard life can be at the top. The Spartans knew they had quite a challenge on their hands entering this season, setting a goal to out-do the 2013 Rose Bowl run and make the College Football Playoff.
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Football profootballtalk.nbcsports.com —  “It was very cool,” Hoyer said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “To beat those guys that way feels good. The last time the Browns beat the Steelers, I was the backup quarterback for the Steelers. Knowing what the situation was playing Pittsburgh at home, I knew the crowd would be crazy. They did a great job. Even when it was 31-3, they stayed in it and they deserve it.” Hoyer does too, and should have a few extra well-wishes today on his 29th birthday.
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Football mlive.com —  Saturday at Purdue, the Spartans' offense scored touchdowns on all three of their first-quarter drives to take a quick 18-point lead. That marked the third time in six games this season the Spartans have scored a touchdown on every first-quarter drive. Discuss »
Football mlive.com —  Kurtis Drummond leads Michigan State with 31 tackles and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions through the first half of the season, but the senior free safety and team captain will tell you it's not enough. Dummond has had two potential pick-six interceptions go through his hands the past two games, leading to the Spartans' having closer-than-necessary finishes in wins over Nebraska (27-22) and Purdue.
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Football freep.com —  Travis Walton had basketball on the brain when he returned to East Lansing from his first trip to Boise, Idaho, and his first real taste of the career that has seemed his destiny for years. Walton told coach Tom Izzo he had been through nine straight hours of basketball meetings as a newly hired assistant coach for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League.
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Football freep.com —  It already was going to be difficult for Indiana to upset Michigan State, but now it’s going to take an improbable performance from an unproven quarterback to go with a career day from running back and Heisman Trophy darkhorse Tevin Coleman. Indiana football coach Kevin Wilson made official today what was feared Saturday, when starting quarterback Nate Sudfeld went down in a 45-29 loss at Iowa: Sudfeld has a separated left (nonthrowing) shoulder and is out for the season. That has big implications for Saturday’s game between No. 8/6 MSU (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) and Indiana (3-3, 0-2) at Memorial Stadium (3:30 p.m., ESPN).
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Grading MSU: Slightly average at best vs. Purdue Detroit Free Press
Joe Rexrode rates the Spartans on a scale of 1 to 10

Details cloudy, but result clear on Darien Harris INT Detroit News
The details might be a bit fuzzy for Darien Harris, but little of that mattered after No. 8 Michigan State had beaten Purdue, 45-31, at Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday. It was Harris' interception returned 15 yards for a touchdown that put the game away in the final minutes. He might not remember exactly how it happened, but the bottom line was the ball ended up in Harris' hands, and he walked into the end zone untouched.

No. 8 Michigan State Avoids Fourth Quarter Collapse at Purdue Impact Sports
Exactly one week after a chaotic near collapse in East Lansing versus Nebraska, Michigan State avoided a shocking upset at the hands of Purdue. Against Nebraska, it took an interception by Trae Waynes in the Cornhuskers’ final drive to seal the deal for MSU. A late interception, this time by Darien Harris, sealed the deal for MSU against Purdue. Harris returned the pick for six, making the final score 45-31 in favor of the Spartans.

Dantonio's risky fake punt backfires, but MSU prevails Detroit News
Mark Dantonio has never been afraid to take chances on the football field, building a reputation for calling trick plays in key points of a game. But during Michigan State's 45-31 victory over Purdue on Saturday, Dantonio took it to a new level by calling a fake punt from the Spartans 29 on fourth-and-6 with 7:31 to play in the game.

Tony Lippett breaks century mark again Detroit News
The numbers just continue to pile up for Michigan State fifth-year senior Tony Lippett. The Spartans' wide receiver had his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season in No. 8 Michigan State's 45-31 victory over Purdue on Saturday. He had seven grabs for 138 yards in this one and a touchdown — a second was called back because of a penalty. It was the eighth straight game he has caught a touchdown pass.

Darien Harris' big INT saves day for MSU defense Detroit Free Press
Shilique Calhoun bounded toward Austin Appleby again. Ed Davis zoomed in from his blind side. The Purdue quarterback panicked. And Michigan State exhaled as Darien Harris caught the easy interception and virtually walked into the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown return.

Running Game Picks Up Steam Against Boilermakers MSUSpartans.com
Michigan State put the power back into its high-powered offense and that made the Saturday's 45-31 victory at Purdue feel right to running back Jeremy Langford, regardless of a second consecutive topsy turvy second half. "I think this is a big development for us because we need to be able to run the ball to be a championship team, and that's what we did today," Langford said. "We continue to throw the ball good as well and when we do both, we have a dynamic offense."

Defense Bounces Back With Strong Second Half MSUSpartans.com
Michigan State outside linebacker Darien Harris was feeling pretty low at halftime of Saturday's 45-31 victory at Purdue. The Spartans were only leading by seven points, 24-17, and when Boilermaker coach Darrell Hazell said earlier in the week there were areas of the MSU defense that could be exploited, Harris didn't realize Hazell was talking about him.

No apology necessary from Michigan State following 45-31 win at Purdue MLive
Mark Dantonio clearly didn't feel like an apology was necessary for Saturday afternoon's closer-than-expected victory over Purdue. And he's right.

Mark Dantonio: Timing was right for fake punt MLive
"I thought the time was right; the execution didn't happen the way we wanted it, but I thought it was set up right,'' Dantonio said after the Spartans (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) escaped with a 45-31 win over Purdue on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium. "We'll see whether it was defeated or whether we come up short.''

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Football theonlycolors.com —  The offense was both explosive and efficient, where it was merely explosive against Nebraska. Connor Cook still has work to do, though; he still is somewhat inconsistent and it shows in his completion percentage (a mere 19/37, or 51%). This is especially confusing because there have been just 3 sacks given up by the offensive line all year, and all of them came against Oregon. The running game certainly helped, as Jeremy Langford, Nick Hill and Delton Williams all averaged at least 8 yards per carry.
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Football mlive.com —  There was plenty of movement in The Associated Press' top 10 this week. But Michigan State wasn't involved in any of it. The Spartans (6-1) stayed at No. 8 in this week's AP Top 25 after scoring a 56-17 win at Indiana on Saturday. MSU returns home next Saturday to take on rival Michigan (3:30 p.m., ABC).
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Football freep.com —  It has been nearly eight years since Mark Dantonio took over the Michigan State football program, eight years during which he has taken the Spartans to unimaginable heights -- especially considering the state the program was in when he inherited it from John L. Smith in 2006.
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Football mlive.com —  Jerry Palm, the bracketology and bowls expert for CBSsports.com, continues to list Michigan State among the four teams in his College Football Playoff projection. Palm, who included State in his projection last week, said he does so "despite a lackluster performance at Purdue" by the Spartans on Saturday.
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Football freep.com —  Brian Hoyer passed for 217 yards and pulled off a rarity for a Cleveland quarterback, leading the host Browns to a romp over Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-10. Hoyer, the hometown kid quickly turning into a hero, ran off the field to loud cheers and exited near a banner that read: "This Is Hoyer Country."
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan at Michigan State will be a 3:30 p.m. kick on ABC. The game will be played Oct. 25 in East Lansing.
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