Northwestern upset Stanford and the sealing play was a late interception.
Northwestern had No. 21 Stanford on upset alert at the half with a 10-3 lead. After exchanging some field goals, Northwestern had a 10-point lead late in the game with Stanford threatening from five yards out.
An ill-advised pass from Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan towards the shallow end zone on at out route ended up in the hands of Northwestern’s Kyle Queiro. He ran the ball out of the end zone for about 17 yards before sliding out of bounds.
He probably could’ve ran it into the opposite end zone to run the score up and extend the lead to 17, but he wisely decided to hold onto possession instead knowing that there Stanford could not drum up some miracle come back as long as Northwestern held onto the ball.
If you look on the sideline it looks like some coaches are encouraging him to slide, but it could be collective first pumping and celebrating that just looked similar.
Just like that we have our first upset of the first college football Saturday of the season. Stanford will likely drop out of the top 25, they were barely inside of it. Northwestern might pop into the rankings the next time they come out thanks to this win.
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