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Jonathan McGill, Michael Wilson Prove Pivotal

McGill and Wilson are making big plays on either side of the ball...

NCAA Football: Stanford at Central Florida Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

As only a true freshman, Jonathan McGill has already been responsible for some of Stanford’s bigger defensive plays. McGill previously made a fumble recovery for a touchdown against UCF, but against WSU he may have come up even bigger.

The first three WSU drives all resulted in touchdowns. WSU went a perfect 7-for-7 on 3rd down conversions. Stanford seemed completely unable to stop WSU...

...until Jonathan McGill took matters into his own hands with a momentum-changing interception:

The McGill interception brought a spark to the Stanford offense, too. Although the Stanford offense looked anemic through it first two drives—trailing WSU 19-0—the Fehoko touchdown on the previous drive, followed shortly by the McGill interception quickly shifted the momentum.

Enter: Michael Wilson. The same Michael Wilson who scored Stanford’s opening touchdown against Northwestern—and the opening touchdown against Oregon State. Now Michael Wilson has brought Stanford within one score of WSU on this 23-yard catch:

Suddenly, Stanford is right back in the game and one score away from taking the lead. Stanford trails 19-14.