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