Nov 16, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio talks to quarterback Connor Cook (18) prior to the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Championship: Connor Cook Is Key To Spartan Win

At the beginning of the 2013 season Connor Cook was just one of four potential QB’s for the Michigan State Spartans. But after a stellar performance against Youngstown State in week 4, Connor Cook  propelled himself into the starting QB position.

And the rest (as they say) is history.

Cook has his team on the verge of the school first BCS bid. He has done this by calmly and quietly providing solid consistency for Spartans in the passing game.

The Spartan signal caller has passed for 2119 yards with a completion rate of 58.2%. His TD/Int ration is 17/4 while averaging 174 yards passing per game.

The numbers aren’t gaudy but the do represent an important fact. Connor Cook does not lose games. And that kind of consistent performance is what you need from a college quarterback.

Cook’s passing consistency has allowed other players in the Spartan offense to contribute. The Spartan ground game has been seen a big benefit from the Spartans balance attack. Running Back Jeremy Langford has rushed for 7 consecutive 100 games and 16 touchdowns. It is the execution in the passing game that has made that possible.

So what does Cook need to do to help his team get to the Rose Bowl?

Its very simple: don’t turn the ball over.

If Connor Cook can do just enough to make the Buckeyes respect the pass the running game will do its part.  But if Cook crumbles under the heat of the bright lights.  It could mean a return of the days when the defense outscored the offense and that would mean a trip right out of BCS contention for the Spartans.


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