The Northwestern Wildcats had plenty to celebrate after their victory in Lincoln over the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, a 31-24 victory, the Wildcats became the first team in FBS history to win three consecutive overtime games. Quarterback Clayton Thorson ran for a 1-yard touchdown in overtime to give the Wildcats the lead, and then Nebraska was stopped on downs on their first possession to seal the victory for Northwestern.
To add some sweetener to the mix, the Wildcats also became bowl eligible with the victory, giving themselves a 6-3 record with three games to go. They have made bowl games in each of the last two seasons and in eight of the last ten years total, with wins in the 2012 Gator Bowl over Mississippi State and last year’s Pinstripe Bowl over Pittsburgh.
Two of their final three regular season games will be at home, as they will take on Purdue and Minnesota at Ryan Field before wrapping up their season against Illinois on Nov. 28.