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Northwestern stuns No. 16 Michigan State 39-31 in 3 OT

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) A gory injury couldn't knock Nate Hall out of the game or stop him from coming up with Northwestern's biggest interception of the season.

Hall picked off Brian Lewerke in the end zone on the game's final play - even though he had 30 stitches in his left hand - after Clayton Thorson threw a 22-yard touchdown to Flynn Nagel in the third overtime to lead the Wildcats to a 39-31 victory over No. 16 Michigan State on Saturday.

Northwestern had a third down at the 22 when Thorson hit Nagel on a crossing pattern for the go-ahead TD.

Cameron Green caught the two-point conversion to make it an eight-point game, and two big plays by the defense on one snap preserved the victory .

Lineman Joe Gaziano stripped Lewerke as he dropped back on second down at the 25. Hall heard the crowd roar and figured there was a sack, but he stayed locked in coverage.

Lewerke picked up the loose ball and fired toward the goal line. Hall reached up and came down with a pass intended for Matt Sokol , setting off a wild celebration with the sideline emptying and fans pouring out of the stands.

''We're taught to stay in coverage,'' Hall said. ''That's exactly what I did.''

That Hall finished the game was quite an achievement. He missed most of the second quarter after his middle and index fingers got bent so far back they broke the skin.

His interception set off a wild celebration, with the sideline emptying and fans pouring out of the stands.

''We've always kind of had the same mentality,'' Nagel said. ''We've known that we can be a good team. We are a good team. I think we're not just starting to prove that.''

The win was the third straight for the Wildcats (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) and their second in overtime in as many weeks. Michigan State (6-2, 4-1) came up short after winning four in a row.

Thorson threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns. Jackson had 41 yards rushing and 51 receiving. But the star running back threw for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter on his first career pass.

Nagel added 87 yards receiving, and Cameron Green had 76 yards and a TD catch.

''We kept playing,'' Thorson said. ''So proud of our guys. These are the games that - just think back to playing NCAA Football and going to triple-overtime with my brothers - this is something I've always wanted to do.''

Lewerke threw for 445 yards and four touchdowns. But he was second guessing his decision on the game's final play.

''I should have thrown it away, but I saw Sokol running on the right side and it looked like he had a couple of steps on a guy,'' he said. ''It just takes a little bit bigger of an arm to make that throw and obviously I probably shouldn't have thrown it in that situation.''

Cody White had 165 yards receiving and two TDs. But instead of heading into next week's home game against No. 2 Penn State unbeaten with a perfect conference record, the Spartans came up short facing a resurgent team.

After Michigan State deferred to start the first OT, Thorson threw a 14-yard touchdown to Green.

Lewerke then hit Felton Davis with a 6-yarder to tie it and gave the Spartans a 31-24 lead with an 11-yarder to White. But Jackson tied it again with a 3-yard run for his 38th career touchdown, tying Damien Anderson's program record.

''They're seeing the return on the investment, that the work (they're) putting in, (they're) getting the reward,'' coach Pat Fitzgerald said.

DOWN THE STRETCH

Jackson also gave Northwestern a 17-10 lead early in the fourth. He took a handoff from Thorson and threw a wobbly 12-yard touchdown to Bennett Skowronek in the back of the end zone.

Michigan State's Matt Coghlin hit the right upright attempting a 32-yard field goal with about six minutes left in regulation. But the Spartans got another chance.

Lewerke scrambled for 5 yards on a fourth-and-4 from the 30 and threw a 13-yard touchdown to Felton Davis III in the left corner of the end zone to tie it with 25 seconds left in regulation.

THE TAKEAWAY

Michigan State: The Spartans could have really made things interesting in the Big Ten with back-to-back games against No. 2 Penn State and No. 6 Ohio State coming up.

Northwestern: The Wildcats squeezed out another tight win and once again seem to be hitting their stride after a slow start, just as they did last year.

QUOTABLE

Fitzgerald when asked if Jackson will throw any more passes: ''No, we will not be calling more throws for him.''

UP NEXT

Michigan State: Hosts Penn State on Nov. 4.

Northwestern: Visit Nebraska on Nov. 4.

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Scoring Summary
3rd Overtime
No scoring this quarter
Two Point Conversion
18-C.Thorson complete to 84-C.Green. 84-C.Green to MSU End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
39
Touchdown
18-C.Thorson complete to 2-F.Nagel. 2-F.Nagel runs 22 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
25
yds
pos
31
37
2nd Overtime
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD
14-C.Kuhbander extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
31
Touchdown
21-J.Jackson runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
50
yds
pos
31
30
Point After TD
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
24
Touchdown
14-B.Lewerke complete to 7-C.White. 7-C.White runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
25
yds
pos
30
24
Overtime
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
24
Touchdown
14-B.Lewerke complete to 18-F.Davis. 18-F.Davis runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
50
yds
pos
23
24
Point After TD
14-C.Kuhbander extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
24
Touchdown
18-C.Thorson complete to 84-C.Green. 84-C.Green runs 14 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
25
yds
pos
17
23
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:25
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
17
Touchdown 0:25
14-B.Lewerke complete to 18-F.Davis. 18-F.Davis runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
93
yds
02:49
pos
16
17
Point After TD 10:49
14-C.Kuhbander extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
17
Touchdown 10:52
21-J.Jackson complete to 88-B.Skowronek. 88-B.Skowronek runs 12 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
58
yds
1:10
pos
10
16
Touchdown 10:49
21-J.Jackson complete to 88-B.Skowronek. 88-B.Skowronek runs 12 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
48
yds
01:27
pos
10
16
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:08
14-C.Kuhbander 35 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
56
yds
01:41
pos
10
10
Point After TD 3:58
14-C.Kuhbander extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
7
Touchdown 3:58
18-C.Thorson runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
14
plays
86
yds
05:28
pos
10
6
Field Goal 9:35
4-M.Coghlin 46 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
20
yds
03:18
pos
10
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 12:25
4-M.Coghlin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 12:25
14-B.Lewerke complete to 7-C.White. 7-C.White runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
92
yds
02:25
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 28 28
Rushing 6 4
Passing 22 21
Penalty 0 3
3rd Down Conv 8-17 7-15
4th Down Conv 2-2 1-1
Total Net Yards 530 431
Total Plays 87 78
Avg Gain 6.1 5.5
Net Yards Rushing 95 64
Rush Attempts 30 28
Avg Rush Yards 3.2 2.3
Net Yards Passing 435 367
Comp. - Att. 39-57 34-50
Yards Per Pass 7.6 7.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-10 1-1
Penalties - Yards 9-84 1-9
Touchdowns 4 5
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 4 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 2-2
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 4-41.8 6-37.0
Return Yards 31 31
Punts - Returns 2--5 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-36 2-31
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 5/7 5/5
Extra Points 4/4 4/4
Field Goals 1/3 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234 OT OT2 OT3T
16 Michigan State 6-2 730777031
Northwestern 5-3 0100777839
435 PASS YDS 367
95 RUSH YDS 64
530 TOTAL YDS 431
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Lewerke 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.4% 445 4 1 153.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.4% 1807 14 4 134.7
B. Lewerke 39/57 445 4 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
B. Lewerke 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 30 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
75 343 3
B. Lewerke 9 30 0 19
D. Stewart Jr. 25 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 27 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 139 0
D. Stewart Jr. 2 27 0 19
L. Scott 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
113 511 4
L. Scott 8 16 0 5
G. Holmes 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
43 145 0
G. Holmes 5 13 0 4
M. London 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
63 250 2
M. London 3 8 0 5
C. Heyward 11 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 3 0
C. Heyward 2 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. White 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
9 165 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 314 2
C. White 9 165 2 60
D. Stewart Jr. 25 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
11 98 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
35 362 1
D. Stewart Jr. 11 98 0 23
F. Davis III 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 95 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
33 405 7
F. Davis III 8 95 2 30
Ma. Sokol 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 151 1
Ma. Sokol 3 30 0 16
G. Holmes 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 63 1
G. Holmes 3 25 0 14
H. Rison 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 159 0
H. Rison 2 16 0 9
L. Scott 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 82 1
L. Scott 2 11 0 9
C. Heyward 11 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 6 0
C. Heyward 1 5 0 5
C. Chambers 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 54 0
C. Chambers 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Bachie 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 1 0.0
J. Bachie 7-1 0.0 0
A. Dowell 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
A. Dowell 6-1 0.0 0
D. Dowell 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 2 0.0
D. Dowell 6-1 0.0 0
C. Frey 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
C. Frey 5-0 0.0 0
D. Cooper 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
D. Cooper 5-1 0.0 0
K. Willekes 48 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
K. Willekes 4-0 0.0 0
J. Scott 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 1 0.0
J. Scott 4-2 0.0 0
J. Panasiuk 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Panasiuk 3-0 0.0 0
K. Willis 27 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 1 1.0
K. Willis 3-3 1.0 0
A. Simmons 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Simmons 2-0 0.0 0
J. Layne 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Layne 2-0 0.0 0
M. Panasiuk 72 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Panasiuk 2-0 0.0 0
G. Owens 41 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
G. Owens 1-0 0.0 0
B. Randle 26 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Randle 1-0 0.0 0
J. Butler 19 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Butler 1-0 0.0 0
M. Morrissey 10 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Morrissey 1-0 0.0 0
R. Williams 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Williams 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Coghlin 4 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/3 4/4
SEASON FG XP
7/11 23/23
M. Coghlin 1/3 46 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Hartbarger 25 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 41.8 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
45 42.3 2
J. Hartbarger 4 41.8 2 47
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Heyward 11 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 18.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 28.5 20 0
C. Heyward 2 18.0 20 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. White 7 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 -2.5 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 -0.2 0 0
C. White 2 -2.5 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Thorson 18 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.8% 356 2 0 144.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.4% 2044 10 9 121.4
C. Thorson 33/48 356 2 0
J. Jackson 21 RB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 12 1 0 530.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 12 1 0 530.8
J. Jackson 1/1 12 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Jackson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 41 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
150 644 7
J. Jackson 17 41 1 6
J. Larkin 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
41 174 2
J. Larkin 3 14 0 11
C. Thorson 18 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 11 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
67 11 5
C. Thorson 7 11 1 8
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
F. Nagel 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 87 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
32 329 2
F. Nagel 8 87 1 22
C. Green 84 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 76 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 162 2
C. Green 6 76 1 25
J. Jackson 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 51 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
33 218 0
J. Jackson 7 51 0 15
R. Lees 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 48 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 231 2
R. Lees 4 48 0 25
G. Dickerson 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 36 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 297 1
G. Dickerson 3 36 0 21
B. Skowronek 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 34 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 378 3
B. Skowronek 3 34 1 17
M. Wilson 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 280 1
M. Wilson 2 22 0 13
R. Chiaokhiao-Bowman 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 35 1
R. Chiaokhiao-Bowman 1 14 0 14
C. Fessler 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 38 0
C. Fessler 0 0 0 0
K. McGowan 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 51 0
K. McGowan 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
P. Fisher 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
17-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-0 0 0.0
P. Fisher 17-0 0.0 0
M. Hartage 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 0.0
M. Hartage 7-0 0.0 0
B. Walsh 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
B. Walsh 5-0 0.0 0
N. Hall 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
N. Hall 4-0 0.0 1
G. Igwebuike 16 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
G. Igwebuike 4-1 0.0 0
A. Miller 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
A. Miller 3-0 0.0 0
K. Queiro 21 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
K. Queiro 3-0 0.0 0
J. Gaziano 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
J. Gaziano 2-0 1.0 0
T. Lancaster 1 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
T. Lancaster 2-1 0.0 0
A. Mayo 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Mayo 2-0 0.0 0
J. Thompson 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Thompson 2-1 0.0 0
T. Williams 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Williams 2-0 0.0 0
W. Long 13 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
W. Long 1-2 0.0 0
P. Westphal 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. Westphal 1-0 0.0 0
J. McGee 41 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. McGee 1-0 0.0 0
F. Wyatt 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
F. Wyatt 1-0 0.0 0
S. Miller 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
S. Miller 1-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Kuhbander 14 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
8/9 26/26
C. Kuhbander 1/1 35 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
H. Niswander 96 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 37.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
41 42.6 3
H. Niswander 6 37.0 3 45
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Lees 19 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 15.5 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 18.7 16 0
R. Lees 2 15.5 16 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 MICHST 8 2:25 7 92 TD
9:18 MICHST 28 4:43 9 65 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:03 MICHST 20 1:38 6 32 Punt
12:53 NWEST 48 3:18 5 20 FG
3:52 MICHST 26 1:53 5 10 Punt
0:04 MICHST 23 0:00 1 -2 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:57 MICHST 7 6:36 15 54 FG Miss
4:34 MICHST 20 2:46 5 20 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:17 MICHST 9 1:57 3 8 Punt
10:49 MICHST 25 4:41 13 61 FG Miss
3:14 MICHST 12 2:49 13 88 TD
OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
NWEST 25 7 50 TD
3OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
NWEST 25 2 0 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:25 NWEST 25 3:13 8 47 Fumble
4:28 NWEST 7 2:18 7 41 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:13 NWEST 1 1:10 3 2 Punt
9:26 NWEST 19 5:28 14 76 TD
1:49 NWEST 26 1:41 10 56 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NWEST 25 1:56 8 41 Punt
6:16 NWEST 33 1:36 3 9 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:41 NWEST 19 0:54 6 36 Fumble
12:16 NWEST 42 1:27 6 58 TD
6:04 NWEST 20 2:43 6 30 Punt
0:22 NWEST 16 0:00 1 -2
OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
MICHST 25 2 25 TD
2OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
3OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
MICHST 25 7 50 TD