Northwestern shocked the country in an early game on Saturday, upsetting #21 Stanford 16-6 at home. Freshman quarterback Clayton Thorson put on a show throwing for 105 yards and running for 68 yards and a touchdown. Wildcats running back Justin Jackson also had a big game, racking up 134 yards on 28 carries.
Stanford once again struggled to score points, which is something that they’ve dealt with since Andrew Luck made his way to the NFL.
The Cardinals had plenty of opportunities to put the ball in the end zone, but had to settle for field goals.
Northwestern linebacker Anthony Walker broke up two passes and had a fumble recovery, while safety Kyle Queiro intercepted Kevin Hogan‘s pass to seal the win with less than a minute left in the game.
This is a big win for the Wildcats, who have a pretty favorable schedule the rest of the season since they don’t face either Michigan State or Ohio State. They will square off against Eastern Illinois at home next week.
This is a very disappointing lose for the Cardinals, who some thought could compete for the Pac-12 crown. They will face UCF at home next week.