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    Oct. 27, 2007

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    2007 Northwestern Football
    Northwestern vs. Purdue
    Ross-Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, Ind.
    Oct. 27, 2007

    Northwestern Notes

    • Northwestern fell to 5-4 overall, 2-3 in the Big Ten. With the loss, Northwestern had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Wildcats return home next week, playing Iowa (4-5, 2-4) at 11 a.m. CT (TV TBA).
    • NU was attempting to go unbeaten in October and win four straight games for the first time since 1996. NU, which led 17-14 heading into the fourth quarter, lost for just the seventh time in its last 38 games when leading after three quarters.
    • QB C.J. Bachér was held to 208 passing yards (20-of-39 for 208 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT's)-his fewest yards since totaling 120 against Ohio State on Sept. 22. Bachér had racked up 1,351 passing yards in his last three games combined.
    • Bachér has now thrown for 200 yards or more in 13 of his 14 career starts.
    • Bachér climbed past the 4,000-yard mark for career passing yardage, and now ranks ninth on NU's all-time list with 4,037 career yards. Bachér also moved into third place on NU's single-season list for passing yardage. He has 2,806 yards for the year, which is third behind Brett Basanez (3,622 in 2005 and 2,838 in 2004).
    • Bachér is in fifth place on NU's single-season list for passing TD's (15).
    • WR Kim Thompson, coming a career-best 133-yard receiving effort vs. Eastern Michigan, led Northwestern with five receptions for 64 yards. In his last four games, Thompson has totaled 18 receptions and 311 yards. He has caught a pass in all nine games this year, as has Rasheed Ward and Eric Peterman.
    • RB Tyrell Sutton, making his first complete-game appearance since suffering an ankle injury vs. Nevada on Sept. 8, moved from fifth to third on NU's all-time rushing list with a team-high 72 rushing yards (12 carries). He began the day with 2,596 career yards and passed Jason Wright (2000-03, 2,625 yards) and Bob Christian (1987-90, 2,643 yards). Damien Anderson and Darnell Autry rank first and second, respectively, on NU's career list. Sutton now has 2,668 career yards.
    • Sutton moved past Mike Adamle (1968-70) and into ninth place on NU's all-time all-purpose yardage list. Sutton now has 3,435 career all-purpose yards.
    • RB Omar Conteh scored his fifth rushing TD of the year in the first half on an 11-yard run.
    • CB Sherrick McManis, who ranked eighth in Big Ten kickoff returns, returned two kicks for 69 yards, which included a game-long 49-yarder.
    • NU, which came into the game with the 29th-best third-down conversion rate in the nation (44.9 percent), converted 5-of-7 third downs in the first half and finished the game 8-of-15. Northwestern, however, failed to convert its final four third-down conversion attempts.
    • PK Amado Villarreal hit his only field goal attempt of the day, an 18-yarder, which gave NU a 17-14 third-quarter lead. The 18-yarder was the shortest of his career. Villarreal is now 10-of-13 this season with field goal conversions.
    • WR Eric Peterman tallied his third receiving TD of the year on a hook-and-ladder play at the end of the second quarter. Bachér completed a pass to Thompson, who then pitched to Peterman who scampered 15 yards for the score. Thompson was credited with a catch for 9 yards, while Peterman was credited with no reception for 15 yards and a TD.
    • Northwestern's offensive line, which had surrendered just three sacks in its last three games, allowed a season-high-tying five today.