Oct. 22, 2011
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Northwestern Postgame Notes
No. 21 (BCS) Penn State at Northwestern
October 22, 2011
Ryan Field -- Evanston, Ill.
Northwestern Team Notes
This was the 15th meeting between Northwestern and Penn State.
Tonight's crowd of 40,004 marks the second time in three home dates that Ryan Field attendance has exceeded 40,000. The Michigan game featured a sellout crowd of 47,330.
The Penn State game is the last of three consecutive night contests for Northwestern, the 14th night game at Ryan Field and the 10th since 1997.
NU is only the second team to score at least 20 points against Penn State this season. Then-No. 3 Alabama scored 27 on the Lions.
The 406 total yards are the most allowed by Penn State all season. PSU came into the game allowing an average of 264.1 yards per game (sixth nationally).
NU passed for 312 yards on a unit that has been allowing just 161.1 yards per game. The aerial yardage amount tops the previous season high of 202 by Eastern Michigan against the Nittany Lions.
Dating to the Illinois game on Oct. 1, 15 of the last 17 Northwestern scoring drives have taken less than four minutes, including all four NU drives tonight. The Wildcats have 15 drives that have covered at least 65 yards this season, including three in this game.
Northwestern has now scored in double figures 54 straight games.
Northwestern Individual Notes
Senior QB Dan Persa tossed his 23rd career TD pass in the first quarter when he connected with WR Kain Colter. Persa is now tied for seventh on NU's career touchdown pass list with Sandy Schwab (1982-85), Mike Kerrigan (1979-81) and Maurie Daigneau (1969-71).
Persa just missed completing 30 passes in a third straight game, finishing 26-of-34 for 294 yards. Persa's yardage total was his second highest for the 2011 season.
Persa's 54-yard pitch and catch with WR Jeremy Ebert was the longest pass play allowed by Penn State in 2011.
Ebert's 109 yards in receiving (21.8 yards per catch average) led all Wildcats. He now has 44 receptions this season for 540 yards and six touchdowns. All marks lead Northwestern.
Ebert now has 1,880 career receiving yards, good for sixth all-time Northwestern. Ebert passed two former Wildcats on Saturday: Lee Gissendaner (1,878 yards; 1990-93) and Kunle Patrick (1,873 yards; 2000-03).
Ebert also led the Wildcats with 115 all purpose yards (including a 6-yard run).
With his second-quarter reception for a touchdown, QB/WR Kain Colter has now caught, thrown (2) and run (6) for scores this season.
Colter's seven total TDs this year lead all Wildcats, as do his 42 total points.
Colter's 46-yard run in the second quarter was the longest in his career and the longest rush Penn State has allowed this season.
LB David Nwabuisi and LB Damien Proby led all NU tacklers with six stops. Four of Nwabuisi's tackles were solos, which also led the team. Nwabuisi paces the Wildcats this season with 54 tackles.
Proby's six tackles equals a career high.