Boxscore
Northwestern 28, Rice 6
Saturday, November 12, 2011 12:00 PM
Location - Ryan Field
Attendance - 26886

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Rice 0 0 0 6 6
Northwestern 7 14 0 7 28

Recap


Jeremy Ebert had a career-high 208 receiving yards and two touchdowns as Northwestern defeated host Rice 28-6 on Saturday.

Ebert finished with seven catches, including a 90-yard touchdown, and Dan Persa finished 25-of-32 with a career-high 372 yards and four touchdowns.

Demetrius Fields had a 15-yard touchdown catch as Northwestern (5-5) scored more than 20 points for the ninth time in ten games en route to its third straight victory.

Northwestern, which had lost five straight prior to its winning streak, scored twice in the final five minutes of the second quarter on two of Persa’s three first-half touchdown passes, including his strike to Fields with 37 seconds left to make it 21-0.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Wildcats extended their lead to 28-0 on Persa’s final touchdown pass, a 3-yarder to Kain Colter with 14 minutes left.

Rice (3-7) continued its road struggles against BCS schools with its 23rd straight loss.

The Owls were held to their lowest point total of the season and Tyler Smith’s 9-yard run with 4:50 left prevented their first shutout since a 37-0 loss to TCU in 2000. Rice has been outscored 366-237 this season.

Smith finished with 84 yards on 21 carries.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 4:15
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 7 - Rice 0
2nd Quarter - 4:26
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 14 - Rice 0
2nd Quarter - 0:23
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 21 - Rice 0
4th Quarter - 13:12
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 28 - Rice 0
4th Quarter - 4:16
Rice   TD  Northwestern 28 - Rice 6
TEAMS

Team Records

  Rice Northwestern
W/L 3 - 7 - 0 5 - 5 - 0
Conference 2 - 4 - 0 2 - 4 - 0

Team Stats

  Rice Northwestern
Score 6 28
First Downs 13 22
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-13
31%
7-for-15
47%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
1-for-2
50%
Total Yards 254 533
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 30-119 39-136
Average/Rush 4.0 3.5
Passing
Comp-Att 14-26 27-34
Passing Yards 135 397
Average/Pass Play 5.2 11.3
Penalties-Yards 2-5 3-30
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Interceptions Thrown 1 2
Time of Possession 26:12 33:48

PLAYER STATS

Rice (3 - 7)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Fanuzzi 13/25 92 0 1
J. Taylor 1/1 43 0 0
Northwestern (5 - 5)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Persa 25/32 372 4 2
K. Colter 1/1 14 0 0
T. Siemian 1/1 11 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
T. Smith 21 84 4.0 1
T. Petersen 5 19 3.8 0
N. Fanuzzi 3 14 4.7 0
J. Eddington 1 2 2.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
K. Colter 9 39 4.3 0
A. Smith 7 37 5.3 0
J. Schmidt 8 27 3.4 0
T. Jones 4 16 4.0 0
T. Green 4 15 3.8 0
V. Mark 1 5 5.0 0
D. Persa 3 0 0.0 0
A. Daniel 2 -1 -0.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. Gautreaux 2 52 26.0 0
T. Smith 4 21 5.2 0
R. Kitchens 3 20 6.7 0
V. McDonald 1 14 14.0 0
J. Taylor 1 12 12.0 0
D. Moore 1 9 9.0 0
T. Petersen 1 6 6.0 0
T. Cook 1 1 1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Ebert 7 208 29.7 2
D. Fields 2 65 32.5 1
D. Dunsmore 7 59 8.4 0
K. Colter 5 27 5.4 1
J. Schmidt 2 20 10.0 0
M. Jensen 1 11 11.0 0
C. Jones 1 5 5.0 0
T. Green 1 2 2.0 0
C. Brown 1 0 0.0 0
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