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Connor Cook nearly flawless in No. 8 Michigan State's 45-7 victory over Jacksonville State

  • Michigan State's Tony Lippett (14) runs for a touchdown on a 71-yard pass reception against Jacksonville State during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

    Michigan State's Tony Lippett (14) runs for a touchdown on a 71-yard pass reception against Jacksonville State during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jacksonville State quarterback Eli Jenkins, left, is stopped by Michigan State's Darien Harris (45) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

    Jacksonville State quarterback Eli Jenkins, left, is stopped by Michigan State's Darien Harris (45) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Michigan State wide receiver Tony Lippett scores on a 64-yard touchdown reception against Jacksonville State in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in East Lansing, Mich., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Michigan State wide receiver Tony Lippett scores on a 64-yard touchdown reception against Jacksonville State in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in East Lansing, Mich., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  (The Associated Press)

Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter — and withstood a hit to his leg that left him momentarily hobbled — to help No. 8 Michigan State to an easy 45-7 victory over Jacksonville State on Friday night.

Cook completed his first nine passes in a nearly flawless performance, but for a brief moment there was concern that the talented junior had hurt himself.

Cook made a nice throw on the run to Tony Lippett for a 64-yard touchdown to open the scoring, but he had to be helped off the field after the play. Jacksonville State's Folo Johnson had come diving in and hit Cook around the left knee.

Cook was able to come back for Michigan State's next drive. He finished 12 of 13 for 285 yards before sitting out the second half.