Nov. 5, 2011
Box Score |
Northwestern Postgame Notes
NU vs. No. 9 (No. 10 BCS) Nebraska Nov. 5, 2011
Memorial Stadium Lincoln, Neb.
Attendance: 85,115 (sellout)
Northwestern Team Notes
This was the fifth all-time meeting between Northwestern and Nebraska, and the first meeting as Big Ten Conference institutions. This was NU's first visit to Lincoln since a 1974 game at Memorial Stadium.
The victory was Northwestern's first over a top-10 ranked opponent since it defeated No. 8 Iowa, 17-10, in Iowa City on Nov. 7, 2009. Dating to the 2008 season, Northwestern is 8-4 in the month of November.
The win was the 34th for the current senior class, matching the school record for most in a five-year class also set by the 2009 and 2010 seniors.
The win was the 38th of sixth-year head coach Pat Fitzgerald's career, moving him past Randy Walker for solo second place on the NU career coaching wins list.
The three points that the Wildcats allowed in the first 30 minutes were the fewest in a first half by Northwestern this season.
Northwestern scored the game's first points on a 13-play, 80-yard touchdown drive on its second offensive possession. After an 81-yard touchdown pass from Kain Colter to Jeremy Ebert in the second half, the Wildcats' now have 12 scoring drives of 80 or more yards this season.
Northwestern, which entered the game ranked fifth nationally in fewest turnovers (8), suffered a season-high three miscues (two interceptions and one fumble) in the game.
Northwestern has now scored in double figures 56 straight games.
Northwestern Individual Notes
Sophomore DE Tyler Scott recorded his third fumble recovery of the season, falling on a Rex Burkhead fumble late in the first quarter. That was his third fumble recovery in seven games played this season. Later in the game, Scott nearly came up with his first career interception, but dropped a deflected Taylor Martinez pass.
Senior QB Dan Persa played just the first half before leaving the game with a left shoulder injury. Persa totaled 114 yards of total offense (79 passing, 35 rushing) before exiting. Persa, who entered the game with a 75.5 season pass percentage, completed 9-of-14 passes with one interception (off a deflection)
Sophomore QB/WR Kain Colter scored his seventh rushing TD of the season in the third quarter (3-yard run) and scored again in the fourth in the fourth, giving him a team-best eight ground scores for the year.
Colter finished the game with 114 passing yards (4-of-6 throwing), 57 receiving yards and a team-best 54 rushing yards. RB Jacob Schmidt tied Colter for the team lead with 54 rushing yards and a TD of his own.
Senior WR Jeremy Ebert finished the game with a career-high 148 receiving yards on six receptions. His 81-yard TD catch from Kain Colter in the fourth quarter was the longest reception of his career and tied for the second longest pass play in NU history (94 yards is NU's record for longest reception).
On his 81-yard scoring play, Ebert went over the 2,000-yard mark for career receiving yards. He now has 2,057 receiving yards for his career, which ranks fourth on NU's all-time list.
S Ibraheim Campbell, led the Wildcats with 13 tackles--matching his career high--one of those a TFL. He also had a fumble recovery.
KR/WR Venric Mark had a game-long 41-yard kickoff return.