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    Northwestern vs. Minnesota - Notes



    Nov. 19, 2011

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    Northwestern Team Notes

    • This was the 88th meeting between Northwestern and Minnesota. Northwestern has now won four of the last five contests in the series. For the first time in the past four series games, the home team emerged as the victor.
    • With the win, Northwestern becomes bowl-eligible for a school-record fifth straight year.
    • Dating to the 2008 season, Northwestern is 10-4 in the month of November.
    • Coach Pat Fitzgerald owns a 13-7 head coaching record in November and for the second time in his career (2009 was the first) is 3-0 in November.
    • The victory was the 40th of Pat Fitzgerald's coaching career. He is now nine wins shy of Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf, who won a school-record 49 games.
    • Fitzgerald has a four-game winning streak for the third time as NU head coach.
    • The Wildcats' four-game winning streak is the longest of any current Big Ten team. The Wildcats, along with Michigan State, next week's opponent, and Wisconsin, are the only Big Ten teams riding three-game conference winning streaks.
    • For the third straight game, Northwestern held its opponent to three or less points in a half. Minnesota managed only a field goal in the second half today. In the last two contests, NU owns a 56-19 scoring advantage.
    • The Wildcats scored 21 first-quarter points, the most in any opening stanza this season.
    • Northwestern did not commit a penalty in the game.
    • With an 80-yard scoring drive culminating in a RB Jacob Schmidt touchdown, Northwestern now has 25 drives that have covered 65 yards or longer this season.
    • Northwestern has now scored in double figures in 58 straight games.
    • NU was 8-of-16 on third-down conversions which matches its 50-percent success rate this season.
    Northwestern Individual Notes
    • QB Dan Persa now has 32 career touchdown passes, which ties him for fifth place on NU's all-time TD list with today's honorary captain, Steve Schnur (1993-96).
    • Persa moved from eighth to seventh place among NU players in career total offense. He now has 5,483 yards, passing Sandy Schwab (1982-85). He is now 59 yards behind Schnur.
    • WR Jeremy Ebert, who led all receivers with six receptions for 62 yards, stands third on the all- time NU receiving yardage chart with 2,326 yards. He also has 162 career receptions, which is good for seventh place. Mark Philmore (2002-05) and Ross Lane (2005-08) are tied for fifth place on NU's all-time reception list with 163.
    • Ebert paces all Northwestern receivers in 2011 with 64 catches and 986 yards. With 14 yards, he will become the fourth Wildcat to gain 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Today, he passed his previous high of 953, set last season.
    • RB Jacob Schmidt scored his sixth rushing touchdown of the season. QB-WR Kain Colter leads NU with eight rushing scores.
    • For the fifth time in the last six games, Colter caught at least five passes (5 for 47 yards vs. Minnesota). Colter has 34 receptions for the season with 31 coming in the last six games.
    • Schmidt led all Wildcat rushers with 69 yards, the third game this season that Schmidt has led NU in rushing in a game.
    • WR Demetrius Fields has a touchdown reception in each of the past two games. The TDs are his first two scores of the season.
    • WR Rashad Lawrence now has three games with a career-high four receptions. He had a quartet of catches for 29 yards today.
    • S Brian Peters' third-quarter end zone interception gives him 11 for his career, tying him for third place on NU's all-time list with Malcom Hunter (1974-77). Peters' last seven picks have come in Big Ten play.
    • Along with LB Bryce McNaul, Peters led Northwestern with 11 tackles and paced the squad with eight solo stops. Peters also had a tackle for a four-yard loss and forced and recovered a fumble.
    • Peters has led NU in tackles a team-leading four times this season, McNaul has paced the `Cats defense three times.
    • DL Vince Browne's three-yard sack gives him 19 for his career, one-half sack behind No. 3 Corey Wootton (2005-09). With the sack, Browne jumped from ninth to fifth in the NU all-time tackle for loss list with 34.5. Jordan Mabin's pass breakup gives him 23 for his career, tying him with Rodney Ray (1991-95) for fifth all-time among Wildcats.
    • P Brandon Williams's 77-yard punt is a career long and the seventh longest punt in NU history.
    • PK Jeff Budzien is now 46-of-46 on PAT kicks this season, the best mark in the Big Ten.
    • KR-WR Venric Mark's 44-yard kickoff return is his third longest this year. He has five returns in excess of 40 yards in 2011, with a long of 65.