Despite a pair of first half touchdowns, it’s been an ugly day for Northwestern’s offense Saturday against Purdue. If they end up winning, they will need to do so with their backup quarterback.
After throwing a third quarter interception, head coach Pat Fitzgerald pulled quarterback Clayton Thorson, replacing him with Zack Oliver.
The interception was Thorson’s second of the game. There has been no report of an injury or any other reason that Thorson would have been pulled other than poor play.
Oliver, who is a redshirt freshman, completed his first two passes for 50 yards. After moving the ball down the field, Oliver threw an interception of his own, ending another Northwestern drive. He remained in the game when Northwestern came back on the field.