Boxscore
Northwestern 23, Vanderbilt 21
Saturday, September 4, 2010 7:30 PM
Location - Vanderbilt Stadium
Attendance - 37210

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Northwestern 10 0 7 6 23
Vanderbilt 0 9 6 6 21

Recap

Dan Persa threw three touchdown passes and Northwestern held off a late rally to post a 23-21 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday.
 
After backing up Mike Kafka a year ago, Persa wasted no time putting his stamp on the Wildcat offense, completing 20-of-22 passes for 223 yards. He threw for touchdowns in the first, third and fourth quarters, seeming to come up with a big play whenever Northwestern needed it.
 
The Wildcats led 10-9 at the half and Persa pushed the lead to 17-9 with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Drake Dunsmore with 5:20 left in the third. Vandy pulled to within 17-15 but Persa struck again.
 
After Vanderbilt missed a field goal, Persa went to work and capped an nine-play, 71-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown pass to Josh Rooks with 5:09 to play. Vanderbilt responded and Zac Stacy ran for a 33-yard TD with 2:53 to play, but the Commodores failed to convert the two-point conversion to tie the game and the Wildcats were able to run out the clock.
 
Warren Norman, last year's SEC Freshman of the Year, was held in check by the Northwestern defense, finishing with 47 yards on 11 carries
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 8:47
Northwestern   FG  Vanderbilt 0 - Northwestern 3
1st Quarter - 5:27
Northwestern   TD  Vanderbilt 0 - Northwestern 10
2nd Quarter - 2:19
Vanderbilt   TD  Vanderbilt 6 - Northwestern 10
2nd Quarter - 0:00
Vanderbilt   FG  Vanderbilt 9 - Northwestern 10
3rd Quarter - 5:03
Northwestern   TD  Vanderbilt 9 - Northwestern 17
3rd Quarter - 1:51
Vanderbilt   TD  Vanderbilt 15 - Northwestern 17
4th Quarter - 4:39
Northwestern   TD  Vanderbilt 15 - Northwestern 23
4th Quarter - 2:25
Vanderbilt   TD  Vanderbilt 21 - Northwestern 23
TEAMS

Team Records

  Northwestern Vanderbilt
W/L 1 - 0 - 0 0 - 1 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Northwestern Vanderbilt
Score 23 21
First Downs 22 22
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-13
31%
4-for-13
31%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 367 432
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 44-145 38-192
Average/Rush 3.3 5.1
Passing
Comp-Att 19-21 19-33
Passing Yards 222 240
Average/Pass Play 9.2 7.1
Penalties-Yards 5-40 9-91
Fumbles-Lost 4-1 3-0
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Time of Possession 30:54 29:06

PLAYER STATS

Northwestern (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Persa 19/21 222 3 0
Vanderbilt (0 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
L. Smith 19/33 240 1 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Persa 17 82 4.8 0
J. Schmidt 13 44 3.4 0
S. Simmons 3 14 4.7 0
J. Ebert 1 12 12.0 0
A. Fields 10 -7 -0.7 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
Z. Stacy 9 69 7.7 1
L. Smith 14 48 3.4 0
W. Norman 10 46 4.6 1
K. Reeves 4 27 6.8 0
W. Tate 1 2 2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Ebert 5 99 19.8 1
S. Stewart 2 30 15.0 0
D. Fields 2 23 11.5 0
J. Schmidt 3 21 7.0 0
J. Rooks 3 19 6.3 1
B. Barber 2 17 8.5 0
D. Dunsmore 2 13 6.5 1
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
B. Barden 4 63 15.8 1
J. Krause 4 55 13.8 0
T. Wimberly 1 37 37.0 0
W. Norman 2 32 16.0 0
U. Umoh 3 31 10.3 0
J. Cole 4 15 3.8 0
Z. Stacy 1 7 7.0 0
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