Scores

Final

Northwestern 30

(3-0, 2-0 away)

Rice 13

(1-2, 0-2 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 18, 2010

Rice Stadium, HOUSTON, TX

1 2 3 4 T
NW 3 10 14 330
RICE 0 3 3 713

Top Performers

Passing: D. Persa (NW) - 307 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: D. Persa (NW) - 9 CAR, 34 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Ebert (NW) - 4 REC, 82 YDS, 1 TD

Dan Persa (rush TD, pass TD) leads Northwestern past Rice

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Dan Persa threw for 307 yards and a touchdown Saturday night to lead Northwestern to a 30-13 victory over Rice.

Persa, who completed 24 of 32 passes and was not intercepted, also ran for a touchdown for the Wildcats (3-0). Northwestern has won 10 of its last 13 road games and is averaging 30 points per game.

The Northwestern defense also scored, on Quentin Davie's interception return of 11 yards in the first half, to open up a 13-0 lead. The Wildcats kept Rice (1-2) out of the end zone until the final 14 seconds of the game, when Turner Petersen scored on a 10-yard run.

The Owls' Nick Fanuzzi was 20 of 34 for 211 yards and an interception.

Rice had not played a Big Ten school since 2002, when the Owls lost 27-10 at Michigan State.

The first half was a defensive struggle, with the only TD coming on Davie's interception of Taylor Cook. Fanuzzi relieved Cook at that point and Chris Boswell kicked a 31-yard field goal for Rice's only first-half points.

Davie finished with 10 tackles, four solo, for Northwestern, which hosts Central Michigan next week before beginning the Big Ten season.

Persa's 18-yard touchdown run put the Wildcats ahead 27-6 with 4:07 left in the third quarter. He ended the game with 34 yards on nine carries, while Arby Fields was Northwestern's top rusher with 17 carries and 55 yards.

Stefan Demos had field goals of 42, 28 and 21 yards for the Wildcats.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NW
RICE
1st Downs2220
Total Yards451377
Passing307291
Rushing14486
Penalties6-605-32
3rd Down Conversions8-176-16
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers14
Possession34:0525:55

Passing Leaders

NorthwesternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Persa24/323079.610
RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Fanuzzi20/342116.201

Rushing Leaders

NorthwesternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fields17553.209
Persa9343.8118
RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ross33110.3031
McGuffie6305.0013

Receiving Leaders

NorthwesternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dunsmore68714.5047
Ebert48220.5132
RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moore46616.5032
McGuffie7486.9018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNWRICE
FG11:25Stefan Demos 42 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERNWRICE
FG05:32Stefan Demos 28 Yd 60
TD03:44Quentin Davie 11 Yd Interception Return (Stefan Demos Kick) 130
FG00:00Chris Boswell 31 Yd 133
THIRD QUARTERNWRICE
TD13:47Jeremy Ebert 27 Yd Pass From Dan Persa (Stefan Demos Kick) 203
FG09:46Chris Boswell 24 Yd 206
TD04:07Dan Persa 18 Yd Run (Stefan Demos Kick) 276
FOURTH QUARTERNWRICE
FG07:48Stefan Demos 21 Yd 306
TD00:14Turner Petersen 10 Yd Run (Chris Boswell Kick) 3013