ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Roy Roundtree made Desmond Howard proud.
Roundtree, wearing Howard's No. 21 legend jersey, caught a 53-yard Hail Mary pass with 16 seconds left to set up a game-tying field goal, and Michigan went on to beat Northwestern 38-31 in overtime.
The victory keeps Michigan's chances of a Legends Division title alive. To make the Big Ten Championship Game (televised by FOX), they need to win their last two games and hope Nebraska loses at least once.
Roundtree and Northwestern's Daniel Jones went up together for the ball, tipping it into the air. Roundtree then grabbed it as he fell to the ground at the Wildcats 9-yard line.
"A GREAT play by Roundtree," Howard immediately tweeted, adding a neverquit hashtag.
Roundtree was thrilled to hear the Michigan icon had been watching.
"I've felt honored to wear No. 21," he said. "This summer, I made myself a promise that I wasn't going to let him down."
The catch might not have been as spectacular as Howard's famous diving ...