When Northwestern paid Western Michigan for an early season home game, they were hoping for an easy win. Instead, they lost 22-21 when Western Michigan caught a huge break on a mindblowing play in the final minutes.
With three minutes to go, Northwestern was driving for the go-ahead touchdown when quarterback Clayton Thorson fumbled on the 1-yard line. The ball went into the endzone and was about to go out of bounds. If the ball does go out of bounds it would have been a touchback and the ball would have gone to Western Michigan.
Instead, a Western Michigan player inexplicably grabbed the ball, threw it back into the endzone, and it was recovered by Northwestern for what would have been a Wildcats touchdown. However, the official ruled that the Western Michigan player stepped out of bounds before throwing it back in, giving the ball to the Broncos.
Officials reviewed the play and the touchback was upheld.
A closer look at the replay does seem to show that the ball was still on the fingertips when his right foot came down out of bounds.
Here are the replays. It’s close, but in the end, the call went against Northwestern and they lost the game.