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The 10 best plays of the 2017 Northwestern football season

We had plenty of moments to choose from.

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Northwestern football had a great season in 2017. It wasn’t ideal, but it was still entertaining and rewarding, which is what counts, right? There were many, many plays during the season, but we picked 10 of the best to remember what happened in 2017. Here they are, in no particular order.

UPDATE: I don’t know how we forgot about this play from the Iowa game.

1. Nate Hall gets a walk-off interception in triple overtime against Michigan State

This play saved Northwestern’s season, even if it gave some of us a minor heart attack while it was happening.

2. Bennett Skowronek makes a highlight reel catch.

Bennett Skowronek is going to be really good next season, mark my words.

3. Jeremy Larkin switches field and scores on a 24-yard TD run.

Larkin is going to be amazing next season as well.

4. Justin Jackson’s entire game vs. Nebraska

I know this isn’t one play, but I suggest taking a moment to watch these cut-up highlights on YouTube. Jackson’s performance against Nebraska was just clinical.

5. Joe Gaziano sacks Cam Thomas, Sam Miller recovers the fumble for a score

Joe Gaziano has two more years!

6. The Kyle Queiro pick-six in the Music City Bowl

This was arguably Northwestern’s most important play of the entire season. Without this pick-six, Northwestern would’ve probably lost the Music City Bowl. With it...Northwestern only nearly lost the Music City Bowl. But it was still an unbelievable play to cap an unbelievable career.

7. Justin Jackson runs for a 79-yards against Illinois

I can’t seem to embed this one, but here’s the link on ESPN. He was marked down on the 1 but scored on the next play.

8. Hunter Niswander’s 80-yard Punt

That’s a beauty from Hunter the Punter.

9. Justin Jackson throws a TD pass against Michigan State.

I know Northwestern fans now despise RB passes, but this one from earlier in the season worked to perfection. It wasn’t the prettiest pass of all time, but it was a fantastic play call and a key TD.

10. Godwin Igwebuike’s fumble return against Bowling Green

Ah, Bowling Green. What a time.