Jim O'Connor - USA Today Sports

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook knows the Spartans are leaving it all on the field each week.

Michigan State senior quarterback Connor Cook has seen enough football during his Spartans career to fully understand the game is physical and mental. While many feel the Spartans are struggling despite their 6-0 record, Cook knows the physical part is taking a toll.

Injuries are part of the game of football and Michigan State can be the poster child this season as the Spartans continue to see players go down on a weekly basis.

Senior quarterback Connor Cook knows injuries must not stop this team from reaching the goals they set before the season.

“Obviously anyone who has watched us this year, we’ve had our fair share of injuries, but that’s not going to stop us,” said Cook following the game.  “We’ve got guys who are not as experienced playing o-line and the protection wasn’t all that great, but it’s stuff you have to deal with.”

Against Rutgers, Cook took his share of hits but knows he can only control parts of the game and must trust those around him.  Especially from his offensive line.

“When you are out there, it doesn’t matter who is playing for you,” he said.  “Who you are throwing to, who is blocking for you, what kind of play I made before.  If you think about stuff like that, you shouldn’t be out there playing.  I know the pressure is coming, but you have to stand back there, make the right reads and deliver the ball.

“Looking back, besides Air Force, Purdue didn’t bring a lot of pressure, Oregon didn’t bring a whole lot of pressure, I really didn’t get hit a lot against those teams.  If you look at Air Force and the pressure they brought,  I would say Rutgers brought more pressure than them.  With the o-line we had today, and the blitzed they brought, the pressure that I was, they did a decent job.”

While the injury count continues to grow heading to Michigan, Cook feels his teammates will be ready to battle.  They just might not be the ones he thought they would be when the season started.

“Myself, I’m not concerned at all,” he said.  “Guys are going to get healthy.  Next week we are going to have some guys back.  Like I’ve said before, we have so many other guys on this team, obviously, they may not have the experience but they are just waiting on their opportunity to step in there and shine.”

Michigan State Spartans at Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Oct 10, 2015 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH SCORE
#4 Michigan State Spartans (6-0) 7 3 14 7 31
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-3) 0 14 7 3 24
Team Stats Comparison
MSU RUTG
Total Offense 489 349
Rushing Yards 132 141
Passing Yards 357 208
1st Downs 22 15
3rd Downs 11-17 3-12
4th Downs 1-1 2-3
Total Plays 76 58
Avg Yds/Play 6.4 6.0
Red Zone 4-6 2-2
Rushing / Passing Plays 38-38 32-26
Yards Lost 20 44
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals 3-1 1-1
Penalties 1-5 3-20
Posession Time 34:12 25:48
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORING MSU RUTG
01:46 (MSU) M. Kings 8 yd pass from Connor Cook (Geiger PAT Good) 7 0
SECOND QUARTER SCORING MSU RUTG
14:56 (RUTG) L. Carroo 5 yd pass from Chris Laviano (Federico PAT Good) 7 7
13:11 (RUTG) L. Carroo 39 yd pass from Laviano (Federico PAT Good) 7 14
09:14 (MSU) Michael Geiger 30 yd FG 10 14
THIRD QUARTER SCORING MSU RUTG
09:01 (MSU) LJ Scott 1 yd Run (Geiger PAT Good) 17 14
05:46 (MSU) D. Arnett 24 yd pass from Cook (Geiger PAT Good) 24 14
00:49 (RUTG) L. Carroo 28 yd pass from Laviano (Federico PAT Good) 24 21
FOURTH QUARTER SCORING MSU RUTG
04:21 (RUTG) Kyle Federico 22 yd FG 24 24
00:43 (MSU) LJ Scott 3 yd Run (Geiger PAT Good) 31 24
Michigan State Spartans
PASSING C/A YDS TD INT
Connor Cook 23-38 357 2 1
RUSHING ATT YDS AVG TD
LJ Scott 9 42 4.7 2
Gerald Holmes 5 37 7.4 0
Madre London 15 27 1.8 0
RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD
Aaron Burbridge 9 146 16.2 0
RJ Shelton 5 55 11 0
MacGarrett Kings 4 58 14.5 1
DeAnthony Arnett 2 41 20.5 1
DEFENSE TACK SACK INT TD
Demetrious Cox 8 0 0 0
Montae Nicholson 5 0 0 0
Jon Reschke 5 0 0 0
Riley Bullough 4 0 0 0
KICKING FG XP PTS LONG
Michael Geiger 1-2 4-4 7 30
PUNTING NO YDS AVG IN20
Jake Hartbarger 2 35 17.5 0
Tyler O'Connor 1 39 39.0 1
KICK RETURN RET YDS AVG TD
RJ Shelton 4 69 17 0
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
PASSING C/A YDS TD INT
Chris Laviano 15-24 208 3 0
RUSHING ATT YDS AVG TD
Paul James 2 74 37 0
Robert Martin 13 61 4.7 0
Josh Hicks 7 25 10 0
RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD
Leonte Carroo 7 134 19.1 3
Justin Goodwin 3 26 8.7 0
Andre Patton 2 39 19.5 0
DEFENSE TACK SACK INT TD
B. Austin 10 0 0 0
Quentin Gause 10 0 0 0
Steve Longa 9 1 0 0
Kiy Hester 7 0 1 0
KICKING FG XP PTS LONG
Kyle Federico 1-1 3-3 6 22
PUNTING NO YDS AVG IN20
Joey Roth 5 172 34.4 1
KICK RETURN RET YDS AVG TD
Janarion Grant 4 86 22 0
N. Arcidiacono 1 0 0 0

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