ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jourdan Lewis took flight – literally – with his late game heroics Saturday evening, as he vaulted himself airborne for a “crazy” one-handed interception that sealed Michigan’s 14-7 win against Wisconsin.
With Wisconsin down to its final play at its own 8, UW quarterback Alex Hornibrook heaved a 40-yad fade pass down the middle of the field to a Badger receiver with Lewis trailing in coverage, and that’s when Lewis went from All American to legend, with an interception to remember.
Lewis dove in full flight reached up and snagged the interception with one handed effort, all while still having good position to make the tackles, cradled the ball and fell to U-M’s field turf in one of the most sensational interceptions in college football history.
“I don’t know, I thought the ball hit the ground first,” Lewis said. “I’m just like, ‘Jesus, I have the ball in my hands.’ It was really crazy. It’s definitely a play that I’ll remember.”
Although, Lewis says he didn’t think too much before the play, it was more reactionary than anything.
“It was just me reacting, honestly” Lewis said. “I actually caught a one handed interception in practice, something like that, but I wasn’t in the air for as long. But it was crazy, it definitely was crazy, I have to give it up to God, cause I definitely didn’t know what was going on.”
What makes the play even better, is the fact that if Lewis doesn’t make the risky play, Wisconsin had a good chance to tie the game up with if he failed, a thought that never crossed Lewis’ mind.
“No, you have to react,” Lewis said. “I knew I was going to get my hand on the ball, why not go up there and try to snatch it down.”
Though, Lewis admits, he was up in the air for a very longtime.
“A very long time,” Lewis said. “I saw the ball and jumped up. And it was in the air for a while. My hand was in the air for a minute. It was definitely a great play, I was just glad my guys gave me an opportunity to have a play like that.”
A great play, indeed, that will stand the test of time.