Published: Mon, January 01, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Nothwestern enters Music City Bowl hoping to stave off upset

Nothwestern enters Music City Bowl hoping to stave off upset

Friday afternoon Northwestern took on Kentucky in the Music City Bowl.

United Kingdom would stop Northwestern on its first possession of the final quarter.

Northwestern defensive back Kyle Queiro made the play of the game when he intercepted Stephen Johnson midway through the fourth quarter and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown.

Johnson ran for his second TD of the second half with 37 seconds left.

However, a Kentucky field goal and a big stop on a dubious Northwestern decision to go for it on fourth down gave United Kingdom a chance to win. Thorson completed 4 of 8 passes for 35 yards before departing.

Before that misstep, Johnson made all the right moves, guiding United Kingdom 74 yards down the field and running it in 3 yards for the touchdown to pull the Cats within three points, 17-14.

Down 24-23, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, showing some aggressiveness of his own, went for the winning two-point conversion instead of tying things up with an extra point. Unfortunately, Johnson's pass missed Richardson and the score remained 24-23. But the Music City Bowl quickly became embroiled in controversy thanks to some dubious calls by the officials in the first half that saw star Kentucky running back Benny Snell, Jr., get ejected and star Northwestern linebacker Paddy Fisher get the boot.

This is also Kentucky's best player, and their offense has stagnated in the Music City Bowl ever since.

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Snell put United Kingdom on the board first when he capped off a five-play, 67-yard opening drive with a three-yard run.

The first quarter of play was characteristic for the 2017 Northwestern squad. Johnson then found Richardson for 14 yards down to the 3. He added two touchdowns and 17 yards on the ground.

Finally, Johnson threw into the end zone, and cornerback Marcus McShepard broke up the pass. On Kentucky's second possession of the quarter, "Juice" Johnson made a tremendous first-down catch. Charlie Kuhbander connected on a 33-yarder after a methodical 11-play drive to put Northwestern on the scoreboard.

Jackson closed his final season strong, exceeding 144 rushing yards in four of NU's final five games. On the drive, Sihiem King rushed for 12 yards.

"I think that will be something that we'll be fighting for in the offseason, to find a way to get 10 more points to get to Indianapolis [for the conference title game]", Fitzgerald said. That led to a quick five play drive by Northwestern for 55 yards and capped off by a 2 yard touchdown by Justin Jackson. For a school who has a history of weird games this ranks right near the top. He finished his career with 27 100-yard games. "In the regular season sometimes, those decisions are different". Barker entered the season as UK's starter before an early back injury sidelined him. Unfortunately, because of an injury he sustained against Kentucky, Thorson's offseason schedule - and therefore, his 2018 season - looks much murkier.

Snell's ejection seemed to totally rattle Kentucky and Northwestern seized the momentum.

Thorson hurt his right knee as he was tackled after making a 24-yard catch early in the second quarter. Thorson was carted off the field and did not return to the game.

Johnson built a reputation for toughness all season, then backed it up one final time in a Wildcats uniform by almost willing Kentucky back from two 10-point deficits.

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