Nov. 12, 2011
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Northwestern Postgame Notes
Rice at Northwestern - Nov. 12, 2011
Ryan Field - Evanston, Ill.
Northwestern Team Notes
- This was the seventh meeting between Northwestern and Rice. Northwestern has now won three consecutive games in the series, including last year's 30-13 win in Houston and today's 28-6 win in Evanston.
- Dating to the 2008 season, Northwestern is 9-4 in the month of November. Coach Pat Fitzgerald owns a 12-7 head coaching record in November.
- Northwestern is one win shy of becoming bowl-eligible for a school-record fifth straight year.
- The win was the 35th for the current senior class, which establishes the school record for most victories for a five-year group. The 2009 and 2010 seniors each won 34 games.
- For the first time this season, Northwestern didn't allow any points for the first 45 minutes of the game. Northwestern held Rice to a season-low six points. The six points are the fewest allowed by an NU defense since Illinois State managed three points against the 'Cats in 2010.
- NU has scored 104 points in the second quarter this season, an average of 10.4 per game. Northwestern has scored 180 of its 309 points in the opening 30 minutes of games.
- During Northwestern's three-game winning streak, the Wildcats are averaging 38.3 ppg and 539.0 offensive yards per game.
- With two today, the Wildcats now have 14 scoring drives of 80 or more yards in 2011. Twenty-four touchdown drives have covered 65 yards or longer.
- Three of NU's four scoring drives were under two minutes (1:18, 1:49, 0:42). Since the Illinois game, 29 of 34 Wildcat drives have taken less than four minutes to result in points.
- Northwestern has now scored in double figures in 57 straight games.
Northwestern Individual Notes
- Senior QB Dan Persa's first-quarter 90-yard touchdown pass to WR Jeremy Ebert is the second longest pass play in Northwestern history. The longest is Mitch Anderson to Jim Lash for a 94-yard touchdown against Michigan State in 1972.
- Besides the career-long 90-yard scoring pass to Ebert, Persa set other personal career marks with 372 passing yards and four touchdown passes (tying his previous best set against Illinois on Oct. 1, 2011).
- Persa moved from ninth to eighth among NU players in career total offense. He now has 5,260 yards.
- Persa now has 30 career touchdown passes, two shy of fifth place on the all-time NU list held by Steve Schnur (1993-96).
- With his two scoring catches, Ebert moves into second place on the NU season touchdown receiving list with 10, second only to Dwayne Bates'12 in 1996. Half of Ebert's 20 career TD catches have come in the 2011 season. Twelve of Ebert's 20 career receiving TD's have gone for distances of 20 yards or greater.
- Ebert's career-high 208 receiving yards is the third-best single game performance in NU history, tied with Jon Harvey's 208 yards set against Michigan in 1982.
- Ebert became the first NU player in seven years to top the 200-yard mark for receiving yards. Jonathan Fields last did it against TCU (202 yards) in 2004.
- Ebert move from fourth to third on the Wildcats' career receiving yardage list with 2,264 yards, passing Ross Lane (2,068 yards, 2005-08).
- Ebert eclipsed his previous single-game receiving yardage mark of 147 yards in the second quarter.
- WR Demetrius Fields' 50-yard reception is a career long. His 15-yard touchdown catch is his first score this season.
- For the sixth time this season, QB Kain Colter led the Wildcats in rushing, pacing the team with 39 yards. His only passing attempt was a 14-yard completion, while he also caught five passes for 27 yards and a touchdown.
- Colter and Ebert are now tied atop NU's scoring list with 10 touchdowns each (60 points).
- WR Mike Jensen became the 15th Wildcat to catch a pass this season.
- S Ibraheim Campbell led Northwestern nine total tackles. He also paced NU with eight assists, which equals a career best.
- DE Tyler Scott picked off his first career interception today. He entered today's game with a Big-Ten best three fumble recoveries..
- PK Jeff Budzien is now 42-of-42 on PAT kicks this season, the best mark in the Big Ten.