Clayton Thorson and the Northwestern offense have picked up right where they left off in East Lansing.
A week after throwing three touchdowns in Northwestern’s 54-point outburst against Michigan State, Thorson matched that total with 14:51 left in the second quarter. He found Solomon Vault, Austin Carr and Macan Wilson for early scores and finished the first half 18-of-31 for 252 yards, adding 28 yards rushing.
This is Thorson’s third straight game with at least three touchdown passes, which hasn’t been done by a quarterback wearing purple in quite some time.
Clayton Thorson is the 1st #Northwestern player over the last 20 seasons to record at least 3 straight games with 3+ Pass TD. #Wildcats— BTNStatsGuys (@BTNStatsGuys) October 22, 2016
Thorson got it going on the game’s opening drive, going 5-for-7 for 50 yards, punctuated by a perfectly thrown ball to Vault in the end zone for a 17-yard score.
That was fast! Thorson to Vault for the @NUFBFamily TD. More video >> https://t.co/Afb2pFbefb https://t.co/gKXbG1YQLE— Northwestern On BTN (@NUOnBTN) October 22, 2016
On Northwestern’s ensuing drive, Thorson found Carr streaking up the seam and the Big Ten’s best receiver stumbled in for 34-yard touchdown.
14-0! And that's piano-playing Big Ten-leading Austin Carr for @NUFBFamily. More video >> https://t.co/Afb2pFbefb https://t.co/4FzrfPpOkV— Northwestern On BTN (@NUOnBTN) October 22, 2016
Thorson completed the first-half trifecta on the first play of the second quarter. Wilson made a nice double move, got free up the seam and Thorson found him with another well-placed ball for a 32-yard score. The touchdown reception was the first of Wilson’s career.
And now a 32-yard score for @NUFBFamily. More video >> https://t.co/Afb2pFbefb https://t.co/9PfcNXSKIg— Northwestern On BTN (@NUOnBTN) October 22, 2016
After the third touchdown, Thorson was 11-of-15 for 154 yards. It was such a good start that it impressed some important people.
21-3... I am currently listening to NFL scouts in front of me talking about Thorson as a pro quarterback.— Inside NU (@insidenu) October 22, 2016
Northwestern leads 24-3 at the half and has 371 yards of offense.