Thorson, Jackson lead Northwestern over No. 21 Stanford 16-6

Sep 5, 2015 5:23 PM by Ross Field

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Freshman Clayton Thorson ran for a 42-yard touchdown while playing turnover-free ball at quarterback to lead Northwestern to a 16-6 season-opening upset of No. 21 Stanford.

Thorson scored the game's only TD in the second quarter. He also threw for 105 yards, completing 12 of 24 passes.

Justin Jackson carried 28 times for 134 rushing yards for the Wildcats while Jack Mitchell kicked three field goals, including a career-long 49-yarder.

Stanford, coming off an 8-5 season that snapped a string of four consecutive BCS bowls, clearly has some work to do.

Quarterback Kevin Hogan had a rough afternoon, going 20 of 35 with 155 yards and an interception. He was sacked three times.

The Cardinal managed just 240 yards on offense.

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