Oct. 4, 2010
Purdue (2-2, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. Northwestern (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten)
6:30 p.m. CT Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010
Ryan Field (47,130) Evanston, Ill.
Television: Big Ten Network
Radio: WIND (560 AM), WNUR (89.3 FM)
Internet: wgnradio.com, wnur.org
In-game Twitter updates: @NU_SportsLIVE
Next Home Game: vs. Michigan State, Saturday, Oct. 23 11 a.m. (TV TBA)
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).
WATCH: Monday News Conference (Free Clip) | Full News Conference (All Access)
NU Football Game Notes vs. Purdue
Before earning an open date (Oct. 16) midway through its 2010 season, No. 25 Northwestern returns home to Ryan Field this Saturday, Oct. 9, hosting Purdue in the Wildcats' Big Ten home opener. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. Purdue, which enjoyed its open date this past weekend, is opening league play after starting 2-2. The Wildcats improved to 5-0 last weekend with a 29-28 road victory at Minnesota.
The Wildcats carry an eight-game regular-season winning streak into today's Big Ten home opener. The eight-game streak is the Wildcats' longest since 1995, when they won nine successive contests. Northwestern has started 5-0 for the second time in the past three years. It has not started 6-0 since 1962, the last time Northwestern was ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Saturday's primetime game at Ryan Field is just the 12th night game in NU's home stadium history. Interestingly, Saturday's primetime contest will be played almost 75 years to the day of the first-ever night game in Big Ten history. That game also involved Northwestern and Purdue, on Oct. 5, 1935 in Evanston. Purdue and Northwestern have not met in a night game since that inaugural game under the lights.
Junior Dan Persa continues to lead all Division I (FBS and FCS) quarterbacks in completion percentage after notching another game with a completion rate of 75 percent or better this season. Persa converted 23-of-30 passes (76.7 percent) against Minnesota (the same figures he compiled against Central Michigan the previous week) and now owns a season completion percentage of 79.4 percent (108-of-136). Persa is also third among FBS quarterbacks in pass efficiency with a rating of 184.6. Utah's Terrance Cain leads the nation with a mark of 192.5. Persa ranks sixth nationally in total offense (325.8 ypg).
Following last weekend's 29-28 come-frombehind victory at Minnesota, Northwestern has now won a Big Ten-best 10 road games dating to the start of the 2008 season. The Wildcats also have won their last five road contests, which is their longest streak since they won five consecutive road games during their 1995 Big Ten title run. NU has posted victories over Iowa, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Rice and Minnesota in its last five away contests.
Ticket Info/Next Home Game
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 Saturday's Big Ten home opener vs. Purdue on Oct. 9 remain on sale, with prices at $50 (reserved seats), $35 (end zone), $40 (corner adult reserved) and $20 (corner youth reserved). Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. At the conclusion of the game, a special fireworks show will immediately follow the conclusion of the game. Northwestern also will honor its 2000 Big Ten championship team at halftime of Saturday's game. The Wildcats captured a share of the 2000 title with Purdue and Michigan.
Radio -- WIND Radio (560 AM), along withwgnradio.com will carry the game live with the pregame show starting at 6 p.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. 91), XM Satellite (Ch. 196).
Television -- The Big Ten Network is televising the game to a national cable audience. Tom Hart (play-by-play), Anthony Herron (analyst) and Lisa Byington (sideline) call the action.
(For a complete set of game notes, download the PDF above.)
Be the first to know what's going on with the 'Cats -- Follow @NU_Sports on Twitter and become a fan of Northwestern Athletics on Facebook! Get the latest news, schedule updates, video and interact with NU. For more information on following specific Northwestern teams online, visit our Social Media page!