Boxscore
Northwestern 37, Illinois State 3
Saturday, September 11, 2010 12:00 PM
Location - Ryan Field
Attendance - 25471

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Illinois State 3 0 0 0 3
Northwestern 14 16 0 7 37

Recap

Dan Persa threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, leading Northwestern to a 37-3 win over Illinois State on Saturday.

Persa completed 19-of-23 passes for 243 yards and no interceptions to lead the host Wildcats, who scored touchdowns on all five trips into the red zone.
 
Arby Fields ran for a career-high 92 yards on 20 carries and scored a touchdown while the Wildcats defense intercepted Illinois State quarterback Matt Brown three times.
 
Steven Fetzer's second-quarter field goal was the only score for the Redbirds (1-1).
 
Persa's 4-yard pass to Dunsmore put Northwestern ahead with 8:23 left in the first quarter.
 
Fetzer's 23-yard field goal with 4:43 to go in the period got Illinois State on the board, but the Wildcats scored the next 30 points.
 
Persa ran for a 2-yard score at the 1:47 mark of the quarter. Stefon Demos' 39-yard field goal with 11:11 left in the second period made it 17-3.
 
The Wildcats scored two touchdowns in the final 2:24 prior to halftime. Fields scored on a 1-yard run. After an interception, Persa hit Dunsmore with a 5-yard pass with 16 seconds left.

Mike Trumpy scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.
 
Brown completed 13-of-22 passes for 149 yards. Illinois State, an FCS team, defeated Central Missouri 55-54 last week, but its offense found the points much harder to come by against a Big Ten opponent.
 
Northwestern dominated total yardage, 439-256 and held Illinois State to 72 yards rushing. Tyrone Walker caught six passes for 66 yards for the Redbirds.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 7:56
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 7 - Illinois State 0
1st Quarter - 4:01
Illinois State   FG  Northwestern 7 - Illinois State 3
1st Quarter - 1:21
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 14 - Illinois State 3
2nd Quarter - 11:06
Northwestern   FG  Northwestern 17 - Illinois State 3
2nd Quarter - 1:51
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 24 - Illinois State 3
2nd Quarter - 0:10
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 30 - Illinois State 3
4th Quarter - 4:31
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 37 - Illinois State 3
TEAMS

Team Records

  Illinois State Northwestern
W/L 0 - 1 - 0 2 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Illinois State Northwestern
Score 3 37
First Downs 12 21
3rd Down Efficiency 5-for-15
33%
6-for-14
43%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 263 434
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 30-92 49-163
Average/Rush 3.1 3.3
Passing
Comp-Att 18-32 21-27
Passing Yards 171 271
Average/Pass Play 4.9 9.7
Penalties-Yards 4-25 6-50
Fumbles-Lost 0-1 1-1
Interceptions Thrown 3 0
Time of Possession 26:16 33:44

PLAYER STATS

Illinois State (0 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
No Passing
Northwestern (2 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Persa 19/23 240 2 0
E. Watkins 2/4 31 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
No Rushing
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
A. Fields 22 96 4.4 1
S. Simmons 5 16 3.2 0
M. Trumpy 7 15 2.1 1
J. Schmidt 4 14 3.5 0
D. Persa 7 13 1.9 1
S. Concannon 3 10 3.3 0
E. Watkins 1 2 2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
No receiving
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Ebert 3 67 22.3 0
S. Stewart 4 51 12.8 0
R. Lawrence 1 50 50.0 0
C. Brown 4 36 9.0 0
D. Dunsmore 5 30 6.0 2
V. Mark 1 21 21.0 0
D. Fields 1 9 9.0 0
A. Fields 1 6 6.0 0
S. Simmons 1 1 1.0 0
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