Lewis' Interception Keys Michigan's Victory

Jourdan Lewis' third quarter interception played a huge role in U-M's 18-13 win over PSU Saturday night.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Trailing 13-10 midway through the third quarter, Michigan needed a stop. And cornerback Jourdan Lewis provided the action.

First, Lewis read the coverage, saw his opening and snatched the ball for a interception that swung the ball back to U-M’s direction.

“I just saw my man go across the field,” Lewis said on the interception. “I saw the quarterbacks eyes. I just jumped in front of it.”

It would be Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg’s only turnover of the game, but it would prove costly, as the Wolverines would tie the game at 13-all, and go onto win 18-13 Saturday night.

“Jordan has done a really fabulous job with coverage,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said afterwards. “He’s usually playing really tight coverage. But at the same time the pressure no doubt had something to do with it.

Michigan had six sacks on the night, and pressured Hackenberg throughout the game.

“It’s extremely easier,” Lewis said when the defense is creating pressure on the quarterback.“We don’t have to worry about covering for six seconds. We just know we can do out responsibility. And just, you know, they got our back.”

“When you watch it again, I think a pretty darn athletic play by Jourdan, too,” Hoke said.

Lewis, who now leads the Wolverines with two interceptions on the season, credits his off-season workouts with his performance on Saturday night.

“It was just a gradual progression,” Lewis said. “It started in the spring. We had a great spring, it just carried over to the season.”

However, in the end, he still made the play his team needed him to .

“It was just staying technically sound,” Lewis said. “Just doing what I had to do in that play, carry my man, and he threw it to me.”

Michigan (3-4,1-2 Big Ten) has a bye this week, before heading to No. 8 (5-1, 3-0) Michigan State on Nov. 25.

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