Northwestern’s Justin Jackson jokes about long drive in Pinstripe Bowl

Dec 28, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA;  Northwestern Wildcats running back Justin Jackson (21) stiff arms Pittsburgh Panthers linebacker Mike Caprara (30) during 2nd half of The Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Northwestern defeats Pittsburgh 31-24. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Jackson churned out a career day in the Pinstripe Bowl, propelling Northwestern to a 31-24 win over Pitt in its first postseason victory since 2012.

It was impossible to knock the star running back, who rushed for 224 yards and three TDs on 32 carries. But Jackson joked about one of his big runs on Thursday morning.

After Northwestern’s defense stopped James Conner inches short of the goal line on a fourth down, the Wildcats took over in the shadow of their own goalpost. That’s when Jackson broke off a 68-yard run that led to a the team’s first TD of the game.

Jackson broke through the front line, it looked like Jackson might go all the way, but was eventually tracked down by a Pitt defender. The running back accounted for 96 yards on the team’s 99-yard scoring drive.

Whether he was joking about being chased down or not accounting for all of the yardage on that drive is unclear, but Jackson found humor in that drive.

If Jackson would’ve legged out the Pitt defender, his TD run would’ve gone for 98 yards, which would’ve been a career long. But he hit plenty of career marks to make up for it.

In addition to the 224 yards, Jackson also eclipsed the 4,000-yard mark for his career, only the second Northwestern running back in the school’s history to surpass that total.

Long touchdown or not, Jackson was certainly fun to watch in Yankee Stadium.


Photo Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports


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