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Persa, Northwestern top Illinois State 37-3

Sep 11, 2010 - 7:51 PM EVANSTON, Ill.(AP) -- Dan Persa threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead Northwestern past Illinois State 37-3 Saturday.

Persa was 19 of 23 for 240 yards, and Drake Dunsmore caught both his TD passes. Arby Fields ran for 96 yards and a touchdown run for the Wildcats (2-0).

Matt Brown passed for 138 yards for the Redbirds (1-1) but was intercepted twice, both times by Quentin Davie. Corbin Bryant also had an interception, and Vince Browne recorded two of Northwestern's three sacks.

The Wildcats scored on their first three possessions and led 30-3 at halftime.

Persa directed Northwestern on a 15-play, 89-yard scoring drive on its opening possession, capped by a 4-yard TD pass to Dunsmore. Persa scored on a 1-yard run on the Wildcats' next possession and connected with Dunsmore again just before halftime on a 5-yard TD strike.

Persa played only one series in the second half, when both teams substituted liberally.

Mike Trumpy added a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the Wildcats, who also recovered two Illinois State fumbles.

Steven Fetzer had a first-quarter field goal for the Redbirds.

Northwestern compiled 333 of its 434 total yards in the first half and limited Illinois State to 263 yards.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ILLINOIS ST 3 0 0 0 3
    NORTHWESTERN 14 16 0 7 37 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NORTHWESTE - TD, DRAKE DUNSMORE 4 YD PASS FROM
    DAN PERSA (STEFAN DEMOS
    KICK), 7:04. NORTHWESTERN 7-0
    ILLINOIS S - FG, STEVEN FETZER 23 YD, 10:38.
    NORTHWESTERN 7-3
    NORTHWESTE - TD, DAN PERSA

    Sep 11 2:56 PM


  • NCAAF
    ILLINOIS ST 3
    NORTHWESTERN 37 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Sep 11 2:56 PM


  • NCAAF
    ILLINOIS ST 3
    NORTHWESTERN 37 4:31 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Illinois State 3, Northwestern 37  4th - 4:31Sep 11 2:44 PM


  • NCAAF
    ILLINOIS ST 3
    NORTHWESTERN 30 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Sep 11 2:22 PM


  • NCAAF
    ILLINOIS ST 3
    NORTHWESTERN 30 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Sep 11 1:28 PM


  • NCAAF
    ILLINOIS ST 3
    NORTHWESTERN 30 0:10 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Illinois State 3, Northwestern 30  2nd - 0:10Sep 11 1:24 PM


  • NCAAF
    ILLINOIS ST 3
    NORTHWESTERN 24 1:51 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Illinois State 3, Northwestern 24  2nd - 1:51Sep 11 1:14 PM


  • NCAAF
    ILLINOIS ST 3
    NORTHWESTERN 17 11:06 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Illinois State 3, Northwestern 17  2nd - 11:06Sep 11 12:51 PM


  • NCAAF
    ILLINOIS ST 3
    NORTHWESTERN 14 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Sep 11 12:39 PM


  • NCAAF
    ILLINOIS ST 3
    NORTHWESTERN 14 1:21 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Illinois State 3, Northwestern 14  1st - 1:21Sep 11 12:33 PM


  • NCAAF
    ILLINOIS ST 3
    NORTHWESTERN 7 4:22 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Illinois State 3, Northwestern 7  1st - 4:22Sep 11 12:24 PM


  • NCAAF
    ILLINOIS ST 0
    NORTHWESTERN 7 7:56 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Illinois State 0, Northwestern 7  1st - 7:56Sep 11 12:14 PM