Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson is having a nice season. The freshman has guided the Wildcats to a 5-0 start, but on Saturday afternoon, things flew off the rails for Thorson and his team against the Michigan Wolverines.
With Northwestern trailing 21-0 in the second quarter, Thorson uncorked what appeared to be a sure-fire pick-six on 2nd-and-9 from his own nine-yard line. Fortunately, Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers dropped the easy interception, seemingly giving Northwestern some life.
Then, the above play happened.
Thorson (foolishly) challenged one of the best cornerbacks in the country in Jourdan Lewis, and Lewis made him pay in a big way. The junior snatched the ball from a Northwestern wide receiver’s hands before bringing it back 37 yards for a touchdown, and at 28-0, the game was effectively over.
Northwestern and Michigan looked like similar teams heading into Saturday, but it appears that one was real and the other wasn’t, and this play was an example of that.