Michigan State QB Cook injured in first half against Maryland
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook left the 13th-ranked Spartans' game vs. Maryland at halftime with a shoulder problem, putting a bit of a damper on team's victory on Saturday. But the senior signal-caller didn't sound too concerned about his availability for next weekend's showdown at Ohio State.
"I just landed on it funny," Cook said. "I probably could have gone. But Coach D just wanted to keep me on the sideline for precautionary purposes."
Cook hurt himself during the first quarter, and although he came back in the game for a bit, backup Tyler O'Connor played the second half.
Cook was only 6 of 20 for 77 yards with an interception in the first half. O'Connor finished the game 6 of 11 for 44 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
"Connor will be all right," coach Mark Dantonio said. "I think he could have gone, but he felt like if he threw it hard, it would set him back."
After Maryland tied it at 7 on a 1-yard scoring run by Brandon Ross, Cook left the game during Michigan State's next series with his right arm dangling by his side -- he'd been knocked down by Maryland's Jesse Aniebonam while throwing a pass.
Cook began throwing a bit on the sideline and was back in the game on the Spartans' next possession, but the senior wasn't particularly effective for the rest of the half.