Scores

Final

Cent Michigan 25

(2-2, 1-1 MAC)

Northwestern 30

(4-0, 2-0 home)

Coverage: BTN

12:00 PM ET, September 25, 2010

Ryan Field, EVANSTON, IL

1 2 3 4 T
CMU 6 7 0 1225
NW 6 7 10 730

Top Performers

Passing: R. Radcliff (CMU) - 347 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Schmidt (NW) - 6 CAR, 32 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Ebert (NW) - 5 REC, 83 YDS, 2 TD

Dan Persa's TD passes to Jeremy Ebert help Northwestern stay unbeaten

Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Dan Persa threw two touchdown passes, both to Jeremy Ebert, and Northwestern held off Central Michigan 30-25 Saturday.

Jacob Schmidt added two rushing scores to help the Wildcats (4-0) remain undefeated.

Ryan Radcliff threw for 347 yards and two touchdowns for the Chippewas (2-2) but also had two interceptions.

Northwestern led 30-13 early in the fourth quarter before Central Michigan put together a late rally. The Chippewas pulled to within 30-19 on a 1-yard run by Carl Volny with 7:36 to play. Radcliff then connected with Kito Poblah on a 25-yard touchdown pass with 1:11 to go, but the Wildcats recovered the onside kick.

The game was tied 13-13 at halftime before Northwestern scored 17 unanswered points. Stefan Demos's field goal gave the Wildcats the lead early in the third quarter. Ebert then scored on a 25-yard pass one play after an interception by Quentin Williams, and Schmidt's 13-yard TD run made the score 30-13.

Persa was 23 of 30 for 280 yards, and Ebert had five catches for 83 yards.

Radcliff finished 29 of 43 while Volny also had a touchdown catch.

Both teams used a no-huddle offense and combined for over 800 yards. Northwestern totaled 429 yards. Central Michigan finished with 423.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CMU
NW
1st Downs2428
Total Yards423429
Passing347280
Rushing76149
Penalties9-9011-106
3rd Down Conversions2-1011-17
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers32
Possession25:4834:12

Passing Leaders

Central MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Radcliff29/433478.122
NorthwesternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Persa23/302809.321

Rushing Leaders

Central MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wilson34214.0131
Volny8313.9111
NorthwesternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Trumpy12534.4011
Persa17432.5010

Receiving Leaders

Central MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Poblah68914.8125
Wilson67612.7023
NorthwesternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ebert58316.6225
Fields46516.3023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCMUNW
TD04:53Jeremy Ebert 24 Yd Pass From Dan Persa (Pat Blocked) 06
TD02:48Cody Wilson 31 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 66
SECOND QUARTERCMUNW
TD07:23Jacob Schmidt 1 Yd Run (Stefan Demos Kick) 613
TD01:15Carl Volny 16 Yd Pass From Ryan Radcliff (David Harman Kick) 1313
THIRD QUARTERCMUNW
FG09:20Stefan Demos 27 Yd 1316
TD09:04Jeremy Ebert 25 Yd Pass From Dan Persa (Stefan Demos Kick) 1323
FOURTH QUARTERCMUNW
TD14:54Jacob Schmidt 13 Yd Run (Stefan Demos Kick) 1330
TD07:36Carl Volny 2 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 1930
TD01:11Kito Poblah 25 Yd Pass From Ryan Radcliff (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2530