Scoring Catch in Overtime Highlights Gigantic Northwestern Comeback

Lyn Scarbrough

September 26, 2023 at 4:11 pm.

Things haven’t gone well for Northwestern football in recent seasons.

Two years ago, the Wildcats won three games, including only one in the Big Ten and lost six consecutive games to end the season.

Last season, Northwestern won its season opener (in Ireland), then lost another 11 games in a row.

After losing its season opener against Rutgers this season, the Wildcats had lost 18 consecutive games played in the United States, including nine straight conference games.

With three quarters gone against Minnesota on Saturday, another loss appeared to be a virtual certainty. The 15-point favorite Golden Gophers led 31-10 and the Wildcats hadn’t been competitive.

Then, everything changed. Northwestern scored 21 unanswered points, forcing the game into a shocking overtime. After the Gophers kicked a field goal on its first possession, Wildcat quarterback Ben Bryant hit senior tight end Charlie Mangieri with a 25-yard scoring strike to win the game for Northwestern, 38-34.

That overtime touchdown reception has been chosen as the U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish “Catch of the Week.

For the game, Mangieri caught three passes, including the game winner. Senior wide receiver Bryce Kirtz led Northwesten receivers with 10 catches for 215 yards and two scores. Bryant completed 33 of 49 passes for 396 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

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