Scores

Final

Illinois State 3

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Northwestern 37

(2-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: BTN

12:00 PM ET, September 11, 2010

Ryan Field, EVANSTON, IL

1 2 3 4 T
ILST 3 0 0 03
NW 14 16 0 737

Top Performers

Passing: D. Persa (NW) - 240 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: A. Fields (NW) - 22 CAR, 96 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Dunsmore (NW) - 5 REC, 30 YDS, 2 TD

Dan Persa throws 2 TD passes, runs for another as Northwestern rolls

Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Dan Persa threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead Northwestern past Illinois State 37-3 Saturday.

Persa was 19 of 23 for 240 yards, and Drake Dunsmore caught both his TD passes. Arby Fields ran for 96 yards and a touchdown run for the Wildcats (2-0).

Matt Brown passed for 138 yards for the Redbirds (1-1) but was intercepted twice, both times by Quentin Davie. Corbin Bryant also had an interception, and Vince Browne recorded two of Northwestern's three sacks.

The Wildcats scored on their first three possessions and led 30-3 at halftime.

Persa directed Northwestern on a 15-play, 89-yard scoring drive on its opening possession, capped by a 4-yard TD pass to Dunsmore. Persa scored on a 1-yard run on the Wildcats' next possession and connected with Dunsmore again just before halftime on a 5-yard TD strike.

Persa played only one series in the second half, when both teams substituted liberally.

Mike Trumpy added a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the Wildcats, who also recovered two Illinois State fumbles.

Steven Fetzer had a first-quarter field goal for the Redbirds.

Northwestern compiled 333 of its 434 total yards in the first half and limited Illinois State to 263 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ILST
NW
1st Downs1221
Total Yards263434
Passing171271
Rushing92163
Penalties4-256-50
3rd Down Conversions5-156-14
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers41
Possession26:1633:44

Passing Leaders

Illinois StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brown13/221386.302
NorthwesternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Persa19/2324010.420

Rushing Leaders

Illinois StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Leggett6396.5027
Smith7223.1012
NorthwesternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fields22964.4116
Simmons5163.204

Receiving Leaders

Illinois StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Walker55811.6032
Mose22512.5017
NorthwesternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ebert36722.3045
Stewart45112.8028

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERILSTNW
TD07:56Drake Dunsmore 4 Yd Pass From Dan Persa (Stefan Demos Kick) 07
FG04:01Steven Fetzer 23 Yd 37
TD01:21Dan Persa 1 Yd Run (Stefan Demos Kick) 314
SECOND QUARTERILSTNW
FG11:06Stefan Demos 39 Yd 317
TD01:51Arby Fields 1 Yd Run (Stefan Demos Kick) 324
TD00:10Drake Dunsmore 5 Yd Pass From Dan Persa (Pat Failed) 330
FOURTH QUARTERILSTNW
TD04:31Mike Trumpy 1 Yd Run (Stefan Demos Kick) 337