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Jackson powers Northwestern past Pitt in Pinstripe Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) Justin Jackson ran for 224 yards and three touchdowns to power Northwestern to only its third bowl victory, 31-24 over No. 22 Pittsburgh in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.

Jackson was the straw that stirred Northwestern's offense in the Bronx and helped etch this performance alongside the 1948 Rose Bowl and 2012 Gator Bowl victories in the program's oft-futile history.

''Big city. Big stage,'' Jackson said.

He had TD runs of 8 and 16 yards in the second quarter, then went deep on a 40-yard burst in the third that left one defender face down on the turf following a fantastic fake and gave the Wildcats (7-6) a 21-17 lead.

Rallying without injured quarterback Nathan Peterman and running back James Conner, Pitt yanked the lead away in the fourth on a short TD pass before it collapsed the rest of the quarter.

The Wildcats turned a fourth-and-1 into a 21-yard play-action TD pass that made it 28-24 and a hit late field goal for a seven-point lead.

The Panthers (8-5), who had wins over No. 2 Clemson and Big Ten champion Penn State, still had time to spoil Northwestern's upset bid with a late drive for the tying score. Scott Orndoff failed to hang on to backup quarterback Ben DiNucci's strike in the end zone on third down. DiNucci had his fourth-down pass picked off by Jared McGee, who helped bust up the previous pass play, to clinch the win for the Wildcats.

Jackson, who led the Big Ten with 1,300 yards rushing and became the first Wildcat to rush for 1,000-plus yards in three straight seasons, stiff-armed one defender, then bowled over a second for a 16-yard score that helped Northwestern take a 14-10 lead into halftime.

After some confusion over his final rushing total, Jackson fell just shy of setting the Pinstripe Bowl mark of 227 yards by Indiana's Devine Redding.

''We'll go over every yard,'' Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald.

Peterman, who threw for 253 yards, gave Pitt a 17-14 lead on a 5-yard scamper in the third. Peterman's solid outing ended late in the quarter when he was sandwiched between two defenders and his head slammed the turf.

DiNucci was picked on Pitt's final drive with 30 seconds left in the game and the Wildcats stormed the field in celebration.

Conner, who capped a triumphant return from Hodgkin lymphoma, suffered a brutal helmet-to-helmet blow to the head late in the first half and did not return. Unlike some draft prospects, Conner played the bowl game even though he decided to skip his senior season and declare for the NFL draft. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Conner, who had 1,060 yards rushing and 20 total touchdowns entering the game, was far from a sure-fire early NFL pick.

''One of the defenders turned around and went for him, I guess, instead of going for the ball. Kind of interesting,'' Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said.

Conner was stuffed when he tried to go over the top on a failed fourth-down try in the first quarter.

THE TAKEAWAY

Northwestern: The Wildcats were stout all around. Clayton Thorson was 23 of 36 for 214 yards passing and had the winning TD pass. Garrett Dickerson caught the go-ahead TD and had five catches for 46 yards. The Wildcats can chalk this one up to a fantastic four: 4 for 4 on fourth-down conversions.

Pittsburgh: The Panthers may have won pulled out a victory had their offensive stalwarts not been sidelined late with injuries. Losing to a 6-6 Big Ten definitely ends the year on a down note.

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Pitt will fall out of the Top 25 and failed to finish the season ranked and with nine wins for the first time since 2009.

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Northwestern can only hope Jackson's latest breakout game in the national spotlight will propel the program to great heights in the loaded Big Ten.

''Hopefully this just shows our guys how hard it is to be a champion,'' Fitzgerald said.

Pitt has to replace Conner in the backfield and find a new offensive coordinator. Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada called the shots for the final time before packing up for the same position at LSU.

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Key Players
N. Peterman 4 QB
253 YDs, 1 TDs, 1 INTs
J. Jackson 21 RB
224 YDs, 3 TDs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 6:17
8-J.Mitchell 37 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
-38
yds
01:57
pos
24
31
Point After TD 8:23
8-J.Mitchell extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
28
Touchdown 8:23
18-C.Thorson complete to 9-G.Dickerson. 9-G.Dickerson runs 21 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
76
yds
04:44
pos
24
27
Point After TD 13:15
12-C.Blewitt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
21
Touchdown 13:15
3-B.DiNucci complete to 35-G.Aston. 35-G.Aston runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
11
yds
01:45
pos
23
21
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:47
8-J.Mitchell extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
21
Touchdown 7:47
21-J.Jackson runs 40 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
89
yds
05:18
pos
17
20
Point After TD 13:13
12-C.Blewitt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
14
Touchdown 13:13
4-N.Peterman scrambles runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
68
yds
01:46
pos
16
14
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:51
12-C.Blewitt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
14
Touchdown 2:51
4-N.Peterman complete to 85-J.Weah. 85-J.Weah runs 69 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
69
yds
00:11
pos
9
14
Point After TD 3:08
8-J.Mitchell extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
14
Touchdown 3:08
21-J.Jackson runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
74
yds
02:35
pos
3
13
Point After TD 14:31
8-J.Mitchell extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
7
Touchdown 14:31
21-J.Jackson runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
10
yds
00:29
pos
3
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 11:58
12-C.Blewitt 46 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
-7
yds
01:09
pos
3
0
1st Downs 18 27
Rushing 9 10
Passing 8 15
Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Conv 6-13 9-19
4th Down Conv 0-2 4-4
Total Net Yards 447 477
Total Plays 61 86
Avg Gain 7.3 5.5
Net Yards Rushing 169 248
Rush Attempts 32 50
Avg Rush Yards 5.3 5.0
Net Yards Passing 278 229
Comp. - Att. 16-29 23-36
Yards Per Pass 9.6 6.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-9 4-15
Penalties - Yards 5-50 4-35
Touchdowns 3 4
Rushing TDs 1 3
Passing TDs 2 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 4 2
Fumbles - Lost 2-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 3 1
Punts - Avg 1-41.0 3-40.0
Return Yards 52 72
Punts - Returns 2-2 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 5-50 3-47
Int. - Returns 1-0 3-25
Kicking 4/5 5/5
Extra Points 3/3 4/4
Field Goals 1/2 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
23 Pittsburgh 8-5377724
Northwestern 7-601471031
NWEST +3.5, o64.0
Yankee Stadium
Bronx, NY
278 PASS YDS 229
169 RUSH YDS 248
447 TOTAL YDS 477
Pittsburgh
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Peterman 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.2% 253 1 1 197.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.1% 3108 28 8 165.3
N. Peterman 13/18 253 1 1
B. DiNucci 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% 16 1 2 40.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% 16 1 2 40.5
B. DiNucci 3/9 16 1 2
B. O'Neill 70 OL
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
B. O'Neill 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 76 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 76 0
Q. Henderson 6 76 0 57
J. Conner 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 32 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
224 1124 16
J. Conner 8 32 0 21
Q. Ollison 37 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 24 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
39 151 2
Q. Ollison 6 24 0 19
B. DiNucci 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 18 0
B. DiNucci 2 18 0 16
R. Araujo-Lopes 82 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
R. Araujo-Lopes 1 9 0 9
D. Hall 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
D. Hall 1 7 0 7
C. Moss 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
46 233 1
C. Moss 4 6 0 3
G. Aston 35 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 77 5
G. Aston 1 2 0 2
N. Peterman 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -5 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
75 281 4
N. Peterman 3 -5 1 8
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Weah 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 75 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
38 945 11
J. Weah 2 75 1 69
D. Ford 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 53 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 341 2
D. Ford 3 53 0 38
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 45 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 45 0
Q. Henderson 3 45 0 37
A. Mathews 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 35 0
A. Mathews 2 35 0 24
Q. Ollison 37 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 68 0
Q. Ollison 1 30 0 30
S. Orndoff 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 21 0
S. Orndoff 2 21 0 15
G. Aston 35 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 7 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 176 6
G. Aston 2 7 1 6
J. Conner 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 305 4
J. Conner 1 3 0 3
R. Araujo-Lopes 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
R. Araujo-Lopes 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Galambos 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-4 0 0.0
M. Galambos 11-4 0.0 0
D. Briggs 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
D. Briggs 6-0 0.0 0
R. Mitchell 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
R. Mitchell 6-1 0.0 0
O. Idowu 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
O. Idowu 5-1 0.0 0
A. Maddox 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 4 0.0
A. Maddox 5-2 0.0 1
J. Taleni 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
J. Taleni 4-1 1.0 0
J. Folston Jr. 40 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.5
J. Folston Jr. 3-1 0.5 0
M. Caprara 30 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
M. Caprara 2-2 0.0 0
S. Brightwell 39 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
S. Brightwell 2-0 0.0 0
E. Price 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
E. Price 2-1 1.0 0
A. Edwards 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.5
A. Edwards 2-2 0.5 0
A. Watts 34 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Watts 2-0 0.0 0
R. Lewis 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 2 0.0
R. Lewis 2-1 0.0 0
D. Edwards 45 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Edwards 1-0 0.0 0
B. Bradley 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Bradley 1-0 0.0 0
S. Soto 52 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 1.0
S. Soto 1-2 1.0 0
P. Motley 32 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. Motley 1-0 0.0 0
J. Stocker 43 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Stocker 1-0 0.0 0
Q. Wirginis 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
Q. Wirginis 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Blewitt 12 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 3/3
SEASON FG XP
11/19 69/72
C. Blewitt 1/2 46 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Winslow 18 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 41.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
57 42.6 0
R. Winslow 1 41.0 0 41
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 21.5 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 21.5 26 0
Q. Henderson 2 21.5 26 0
R. Ibrahim 29 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 3.5 7 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 2.0 7 0
R. Ibrahim 2 3.5 7 0
G. Aston 35 FB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 0.0 0 0
G. Aston 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 1.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 1.0 2 0
Q. Henderson 2 1.0 2 0
Northwestern
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Thorson 18 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.9% 214 1 1 117.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.9% 3396 23 10 125.3
C. Thorson 23/36 214 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Jackson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
32 224 3
SEASON ATT YDS TD
330 1748 18
J. Jackson 32 224 3 68
C. Thorson 18 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
109 114 5
C. Thorson 12 16 0 10
J. Moten IV 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
57 340 2
J. Moten IV 3 11 0 6
Je. Roberts 6 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 -4 0
Je. Roberts 1 -1 0 -1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Carr 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 51 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 51 0
A. Carr 6 51 0 12
M. Wilson 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 47 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 353 1
M. Wilson 3 47 0 32
G. Dickerson 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 46 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
39 364 6
G. Dickerson 5 46 1 21
A. Scanlan 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 35 0
A. Scanlan 4 35 0 17
F. Nagel 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
40 447 2
F. Nagel 3 26 0 21
J. Jackson 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
37 228 0
J. Jackson 2 9 0 5
S. Vault 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 164 2
S. Vault 0 0 0 0
B. Skowronek 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 70 0
B. Skowronek 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Williams 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 0.0
T. Williams 6-2 0.0 0
K. Queiro 21 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 3 0.0
K. Queiro 5-0 0.0 1
G. Igwebuike 16 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 3 0.0
G. Igwebuike 5-2 0.0 1
N. Hall 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
N. Hall 4-2 0.0 0
B. Walsh 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
B. Walsh 3-0 0.0 0
A. Walker Jr. 1 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 1 0.0
A. Walker Jr. 3-2 0.0 0
C. Robbins 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
C. Robbins 3-0 0.0 0
J. Gaziano 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.5
J. Gaziano 3-1 0.5 0
M. Hartage 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 5 0.0
M. Hartage 3-0 0.0 0
J. Jones 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Jones 2-1 0.0 0
X. Washington 56 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
X. Washington 1-1 0.5 0
N. Fox 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Fox 1-0 0.0 0
T. Lancaster 67 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Lancaster 1-1 0.0 0
C. Queiro 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Queiro 1-0 0.0 0
J. Thompson 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Thompson 0-1 0.0 0
J. McGee 41 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 4 0.0
J. McGee 0-0 0.0 1
A. Miller 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
A. Miller 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Mitchell 8 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
1/1 4/4
J. Mitchell 1/1 37 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
H. Niswander 96 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 40.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
76 41.3 0
H. Niswander 3 40.0 0 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Vault 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 15.7 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
26 23.3 24 1
S. Vault 3 15.7 24 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
F. Nagel 2 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 6.6 0 0
F. Nagel 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:07 PITT 42 1:09 5 -7 FG
9:38 PITT 23 5:43 13 76
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:30 PITT 34 1:27 4 51 INT
7:34 PITT 20 1:39 4 3 Punt
3:02 PITT 31 0:11 1 69 TD
0:28 PITT 29 0:23 5 30
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:59 PITT 32 1:46 4 68 TD
7:37 PITT 46 3:53 8 29 FG Miss
1:35 NWEST 22 1:20 3 11
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NWEST 11 1:45 3 11 TD
8:23 PITT 25 0:00 1 2
6:07 PITT 32 3:12 10 50 INT
1:55 PITT 34 0:24 2 3 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NWEST 25 1:42 3 2 Punt
11:53 NWEST 25 2:06 5 17 Punt
3:50 NWEST 1 2:58 8 89
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PITT 10 0:29 2 10 TD
12:54 NWEST 15 5:13 12 66 INT
5:43 NWEST 26 2:35 8 74 TD
2:44 NWEST 20 2:08 10 49
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:05 NWEST 11 5:18 14 89 TD
3:38 NWEST 25 1:55 3 -5 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:07 NWEST 24 4:44 14 76 TD
8:14 PITT 27 1:57 5 -38 FG
2:49 NWEST 3 0:43 3 1 Punt
1:22 PITT 21 0:45 2 -2