Today, at high noon, the No. 19 Michigan Wolverines (AP Poll) will square off against the undefeated and No. 5 ranked Wisconsin Badgers. Though the Wolverines chances of winning the Big Ten East are very slim at this point, that does not mean they will not be fired up to spoil the Badgers hopes of going to the College Football Playoff.
When the same two programs met last season, it was No. 4 Michigan who unended No. 8 Wisconsin 14-7 at the Big House. Though the final score was close, the Wolverines dominated in terms of total yardage 349-159 as they moved to 5-0 on the season.
The most memorable play of the game happened to come on Wisconsin’s final possession when cornerback Jourdan Lewis made one of the most iconic plays in Michigan football history.
On fourth-and-10 from their own 8-yard-line with just 2:23 remaining in the 4th quarter, the Badgers had one final opportunity to keep their chances alive. Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook took the snap, dropped back into his own end zone, stepped up, and heaved the ball downfield. What happened next is a play that Lewis and Michigan fans will never forget.
Check it out.
To be fair, intercepting a pass on fourth down was not the smartest football decision, but, as Lewis admitted in a recent tweet, sometimes your instincts just take over.
Me: it's 4th down swat the ball away…
Inner Me: Grab it one handed. pic.twitter.com/eADEYchl9s
— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) November 16, 2016
Lewis went on to be drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 3rd Round of the 2017 NFL Draft. So far in his rookie season (3 starts), he has 28 tackles, six passes defended, and one interception.