Michigan doesn’t lose to Northwestern. The Wolverines lead the series 53-15-2 all time, and the football gods smiled down on the Big House once again Saturday, lifting Michigan to a narrow win over the Wildcats.
One of the key plays of the game was a circus catch made by senior Roy Roundtree with less than 10 seconds to play in the game.
After Northwestern was forced to punt with a 31-28 lead with less than 30 seconds on the clock, Michigan got the ball near the 50-yard line. The next play, junior receiver and backup quarterback Devin Gardner tossed a Hail Mary-type seam route to Roundtree, who came down with the football in miraculous fashion.
Wildcats DB Daniel Jones made a play on the football and attempted to tip the ball away from Roundtree, but Jones actually assisted Roundtree in making the catch by flipping the ball back to him.
This game ended in the craziest way possible, but it was a win that kept Michigan alive in the Big Ten title hunt. With the win, the Wolverines are 5-1 in the conference and remain atop the Legends Division.
A loss to Nebraska by Michigan puts the Cornhuskers in the lead for the title game if they continue to win inside the conference. Nebraska finishes the season against Minnesota and Iowa. The Wolverines must face Iowa and Ohio State before their season concludes.
Michigan is finding ways to win this year, and if it continues, the Wolverines may end 2012 with an unexpected Big Ten title.