In his 53rd and final game as a Wildcat, Clayton Thorson left one last imprint on the Northwestern record books.
With about 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter, Thorson completed a pass to Berkeley Holman for 24 yards to surge past Brett Basanez for the top spot among NU passers in career passing yards. On the next play, he found Kyric McGowan for 33 yards near the goalline.
Here’s the record-breaking play:
Basanez threw for 10,580 yards in four seasons as NU’s primary starter.
Thorson threw for 1,522 yards as a freshman, 3,182 yards as a sophomore, and 2,844 yards as a junior. He’s up to 3,067 yards this year. The senior is also the program all-time leader in passing touchdowns, completions, and attempt.
No. 18’s start against Utah also set a record as the most starts for a Big Ten quarterback in a career.