Josh Newkirk (left) and Sam Webb (right) break down Michigan's defensive performance in the video above.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jourdan Lewis pulled a robbery on Saturday.
No, he didn’t commit a crime, but he did steal a football from his opponent in No. 18 Michigan’s 38-0 win over No. 13 Northwestern.
Lewis, who was locked in on man coverage all day, went stride for stride with a Wildcat receiver, then took the ball, straddled it for an interception and then sprinted to the end zone for 37 yard touchdown return putting U-M up 27-0 late in the second quarter of Michigan’s shutout win.
“I took it from him,” Lewis recalled of his interception. “He had the ball and I guess he was trying to brace his fall and I snatched it out of hands. I didn’t even know I had it. It was on my leg, soon as I saw it on my leg, I just started hitting hit.”
It was Lewis’ second interception this season to go along with his team-high eight pass breakups. With all his success on the field this season, his confidence should be sky-high, right?
“(My) confidence is about the same,” Lewis said. “You can’t think about the play that you had before. You got to keep playing. We got a big team coming up next week, you can’t focus on what you did in the past. You got to focus on what’s coming up.”
While Lewis won’t boast about his success on the field, his fellow secondary mate, Jabrill Peppers, was quick to praise Lewis’ play.
“Jourdan is the best corner in the country,” Peppers said of Lewis. “That makes everybody’s job a lot easier. When you got out there who can shutdown half the field that makes all of our jobs easier.
“It’s expected of him. It’s not like ‘good job.’ We expect that from Jourdan,” Peppers said. “Jourdan inspires me to play better.”