Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson delivers for the Wildcats in triple OT upset of Michigan State and earns Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honor


Northwestern has turned its season around by taking full advantage of overtime the last two weeks. The Wildcats beat Iowa in extra time two weeks ago and upset previously No. 16 Michigan State in triple OT at Ryan Field.

Wildcats quarterback Clayton Thorson has found his rhythm and touch again to help guide Northwestern to the cusp of being bowl eligible again with a 5-3 overall record thanks to the pair of overtime victories.

Thorson saved his best game of the season for MSU, throwing for 356 yards and a pair of touchdowns to go along with a rushing touchdowns to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honors.

Lost in the shuffle of this crazy triple OT affair was how well each defense played during regulation. The Wildcats trailed by 10 point and were shut out nearly the entire first half before scoring 10 late points to draw level by intermission.

This is the third time Thorson, who threw both his touchdown passes in overtime including the game winner from 22 yards out on third down, has eclipsed 309 yards passing this season. And in the victory over MSU he cleared 2,000 yards through the air for the season.

Previous Uplifting Athletes

Rare Performance of the Week Winners

Week 1: RB Josh Adams, Notre Dame

Week 2: QB Ryan Finley, NC State

Week 3: QB Trace McSorley, Penn State

Week 4: RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Week 5: WR Ervin Philips, Syracuse

Week 6: QB Chad Kanoff, Princeton

Week 7: QB Eric Dungey, Syracuse

Week 8: WR Jesper Horsted, Princeton