Sept. 20, 2010
Central Michigan (2-1) at Northwestern (3-0)
11 a.m. CT Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010
Ryan Field (47,130) Evanston, Ill.
Television: Big Ten Network
Radio: WYLL (1160 AM), WNUR (89.3 FM)
Internet: wgnradio.com, wnur.org
In-game Twitter updates: @NU_SportsLIVE
Next Home Game: vs. Purdue, Saturday, Oct. 9 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
Ticket Information: Season tickets, as well as single-game tickets remain on sale for all NU home games (you must be a season ticketholder to purchase tickets for the Nov. 20 game at Wrigley Field); tickets can be purchased on NUsports.com or by calling 847-491-2287 (CATS).
NU FB Game Notes (vs. Central Michigan)
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After notching another road victory -- its ninth in its last 12 away games -- Northwestern returns to Ryan Field this Saturday, Sept. 25 to take on defending Mid-American Conference champion Central Michigan. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.
Behind a career-best 341 yards of total offense from quarterback Dan Persa, Northwestern moved to 3-0 on the season with a 30-13 road victory at Rice. The win extended the Wildcats' regular-season winning streak to six games and its road victory string to four, its longest such streak since 1995. The Wildcats are also off to their second 3-0 start in three years.
Central Michigan has won the Mid-American Conference championship three times (2006, 2007 and 2009) in the last four years. The Chippewas also have appeared in four consecutive bowl games and earned victories in the 2006 Motor City Bowl and the 2010 GMAC Bowl.
Northwestern and Central Michigan both tout top-10 scoring defenses this season. The Chippewas are allowing 9.0 points per game, which ranks fourth nationally, while the Wildcats are giving up 12.3 ppg, which ranks eighth nationally. On the flip side, both offenses are averaging 30 or more ppg: NU is scoring 30.0 ppg and CMU is averaging 31.7 per game.
Senior linebacker Quentin Davie earned his first career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor on Monday for his performance at Rice. The Butkus Award candidate totaled 10 tackles, an interception for TD, 1.5 TFL's and a pass breakup.
This Saturday at Ryan Field, both coaching staffs will take part in the third annual Coach to Cure MD program. The rapidly growing annual effort has raised more than half a million dollars to battle Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Coaches will be wearing the logo patch on the sidelines and football fans can donate to MD research by either going online to www.CoachtoCureMD.org or by texting the word CURE to 90999 (a $5 donation will automatically be added to your next phone bill).
Ticket Info/Saturday Promotions
Season tickets, single-game tickets and three-pack plans for the 2010 Northwestern football season are still available. Ticket information can be found on NUsports.com or by calling NU's ticket office at 847-491-2287 (CATS).
Tickets for this week's Sept. 25 home game against Central Michigan (Evanston Day and Take a Kid to the Game Day, 11 a.m. kickoff) are on sale, with prices at $35 (reserved seats), $25 (end zone), $30 (corner adult reserved) and $15 (corner youth reserved.) All Evanston city residents can purchase game tickets for half price (advance purchase only). For more information on Evanston Day, as well as the Thursday evening (6 p.m. in front of Rotary International World Headquarters, 1560 Sherman Ave.) pep rally in downtown Evanston, visit cityofevanston.org.
In addition, two children (eighth grade and under) will be admitted free with the purchase of one adult end zone ticket (offer is valid only day of game at Gate J). These promotions cannot be combined.
Radio -- YLL Radio (1160 AM) and wgnradio.com will carry the game live with the pregame show starting at 10:30 a.m. Dave Eanet (play-by-play) and Ted Albrecht (analyst) call the action. WNUR (89.3), NU's student station, also will carry the game. The game can also be heard on satellite radio: Sirius (Ch. 130), XM Satellite (Ch. 195).
Television -- The Big Ten Network is televising the game to a national cable audience. Chris Denari (play-by-play), Glen Mason (analyst) and Brittney Payton (sideline) call the action.
(For a complete set of game notes, download the PDF above.)
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