Thorson helps Northwestern hang on to beat Nebraska 30-28

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Quarterback Clayton Thorson #18 of the Northwestern Wildcats drives into the end zone during their game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

LINCOLN, Neb. — Clayton Thorson’s 37-yard touchdown pass to Dan Vitale and Jack Mitchell’s third field goal gave Northwestern an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter and the Wildcats hung on to beat Nebraska 30-28 on Saturday.

The Wildcats (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten) bounced back from consecutive losses to Michigan and Iowa in which they were outscored 78-10 and handed Nebraska(3-5, 1-3) its fifth loss by five points or less.

Mitchell’s 27-yard field goal put Northwestern up 30-22, but the Huskers drove 75 yards in eight plays to pull within two points. But Tommy Armstrong’s two-point pass to Stanley Morgan Jr. fell incomplete, and Northwestern’s offense was able to run out the final 4:18.

Thorson passed for 177 yards and ran for a career-high 126, with 117 coming on two carries that led to scores. Armstrong passed for 291 yards and a touchdown.