It’s an indictment on the status of both programs that Saturday’s Michigan vs Rutgers game went into triple-overtime game that had fans on the edge of their seats, eager to change the channel as soon as it was over. It was not a pretty game for either team, but for as many lowlights as there were in the game, there were just as many highlights. Let’s take a look at the top five plays of the “thriller” in Piscataway.
No 5: Daxton Hill INT seals the win
Daxton Hill had a few miscues on Saturday, but the five-star showed up when it mattered. With a prayer of 4th-and-9, Rutgers’ Noah Vedral heaved it down the field to the endzone in hopes of tying the game, and Hill came down with it to solidify the triple-overtime win for the Wolverines.
No 4: Cade McNamara takes over
Cade McNamara had a strong performance a week ago in relief for Joe Milton, and that continued this week against Rutgers. In just over a half and a few overtimes of play, McNamara had 5 total touchdown on 260 yards through the air. A chunk of it came on his first touchdown on the deep pass to a wide open Cornelius Johnson.
No. 3 Cornelius Johnson’s great balance leads to a score
You, me, and everyone else watching this game thought Johnson was going to step out of bounds once he stumbled, but the sophomore wideout maintained his balance and snuck his way into the endzone for 6. A great play call against man coverage, and a solid block from Ronnie Bell sealed the deal.
No. 2 Giles Jackson takes it to the house
Giles Jackson is just faster than every other player on the field— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 22, 2020
If you check, Giles Jackson still might be running. Needing some juice out of the half, Jackson takes the second-half kickoff 95-yards to the house, changing momentum in the ball game. He displays elite speed and just blows past everybody for the score to make it a one possession game.
No. 1: McNamara pops it in to Nick Eubanks
After the kickoff return, Rutgers scored rather quickly to make it a 24-14 game. McNamara then marched Michigan down the field and capped off the drive with a beautifully executed play, and an outstanding catch by Nick Eubanks for a score. McNamara just kind of tossed it up and trusted his guy to come down with it, he did, earning it the No. 1 play of the week!