EAST LANSING, Mich. -- For most of the game, it felt as if Michigan State was one play away from being in real trouble.
Connor Cook never let it come to that.
Cook threw for 398 yards and four touchdowns, and No. 7 Michigan State remained undefeated with a 52-26 victory over Indiana on Saturday. Cook threw all four of his touchdown passes on third down, and he fell just short of the school record of 400 yards passing, set by Bill Burke in 1999 against Michigan.
"I just felt like I was in the zone," Cook said.
Just on third down, he went 10 of 15 for 139 yards, according to STATS. On a day when Michigan State struggled to run the ball until the very end of the game, Cook was under pressure to perform. He was brilliant.
"It's just a very, very intense feeling of focus -- that's all I can really describe it as," Cook said. "You just feel like every throw is on the money, every read is correct, is right. And you're just throwing the ball with conviction."
"He throws to covered receivers that have reasonably tight coverage. He puts the ball where his guy has a chance," Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said. "If you were to talk to a pro scout or pro coach, they would talk about challenge throws, and when the guy's really getting challenged, the ability to not throw at the guy but put it where his player can make a play."
Edited by Buffalo Barbarian, 25 October 2015 - 12:17 AM.