Scores

Final

Northwestern 20

(6-2, 2-2 Big Ten)

Indiana 17

(4-4, 0-4 Big Ten)

12:00 PM ET, October 30, 2010

Memorial Stadium (Bloomington, IN), Bloomington, IN

1 2 3 4 T
NW 0 10 7 320
IND 3 7 0 717

Top Performers

Passing: D. Persa (NW) - 212 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: M. Trumpy (NW) - 21 CAR, 110 YDS

Receiving: J. Ebert (NW) - 5 REC, 98 YDS, 2 TD

Dan Persa leads Northwestern before apparent concussion

Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Dan Persa and the Northwestern offense confounded Indiana all day -- even when Persa wasn't making things happen.

The junior quarterback threw two touchdown passes Saturday before leaving midway through the fourth quarter with an apparent concussion, and backup Evan Watkins set up a long field goal that helped the Wildcats hold on for a 20-17 victory at Indiana.

Northwestern (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten) has now won six straight road games and is bowl eligible for the fourth consecutive season.

The reeling Hoosiers (4-4, 0-4) have lost four of their last five overall and nine straight conference games.

Saturday's contest was hyped as a showdown between the league's No. 1 and No. 2 passing quarterbacks, Ben Chappell and Persa, but Persa clearly outplayed the Indiana senior.

Persa finished 18 of 28 for 212 yards and ran 11 times for 19 yards before leaving with 8:53 left in the game.

Chappell was 30 of 54 for 308 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also ran for a score, but he missed receivers high and long most of the day and the Hoosiers' usually high-scoring offense never got in sync.

That's not how things started, though.

Chappell took the Hoosiers 61 yards on their opening possession before settling for a field goal from Mitch Ewald, and the defense forced punts on each of Northwestern's first three possessions.

The Hoosiers appeared to have stopped Northwestern a fourth straight when they finally sacked Persa. But Mick Mentzer's face mask penalty extended the drive, and three plays later, Persa connected with Jeremy Ebert for an 11-yard TD pass early in the second quarter.

Chappell took Indiana on a 16-play, 97-yard drive late in the first half, running the final 5 yards himself and twisting his way into the end zone -- a play that stood up to replay review. That gave Indiana a 10-7 lead with 48 seconds left in the half.

It didn't last long.

When Persa scrambled out of trouble on the ensuing possession, he found Mike Trumpy for a 38-yard pass down the right sideline. Two plays later, Persa got away from the pressure again, and Demetrius Fields made a one-handed stab for a 23-yard reception. Fields took the ball to the Indiana 6 with 1 second left, and Stefan Demos made a field goal to tie it at 10.

Persa went back to work in the second half. On the Wildcats first possession, he converted on third-and-10 and third-and-2 before beating the Indiana secondary with a perfect 30-yard TD pass to Ebert on third-and-15 for a 17-10 lead.

Persa left with 8:53 to go in the game and Watkins' first completion got the Wildcats into position for a 45-yard field goal that gave Northwestern a 20-10 lead with 6:51 left.

Indiana didn't score again until Chappell's 39-yard TD pass to Duwyce Wilson with 44 seconds to go.

The Hoosiers' onside kick didn't go 10 yards, and the Wildcats ran out the clock.

Trumpy carried 21 times for 110 yards and Ebert finished with five catches for 98 yards.

Damarlo Belcher led Indiana with 11 catches for 87 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NW
IND
1st Downs2023
Total Yards380373
Passing225308
Rushing15565
Penalties8-695-38
3rd Down Conversions10-186-16
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers01
Possession30:0629:54

Passing Leaders

NorthwesternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Persa18/282127.620
IndianaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Chappell30/543085.711

Rushing Leaders

NorthwesternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Trumpy211105.2019
Persa11191.708
IndianaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Burgess8374.6015
Chappell8212.616

Receiving Leaders

NorthwesternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ebert59819.6234
Trumpy35418.0038
IndianaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Belcher11877.9014
Wilson47117.8139

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNWIND
FG10:21Mitch Ewald 23 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERNWIND
TD13:46Jeremy Ebert 11 Yd Pass From Dan Persa (Stefan Demos Kick) 73
TD00:48Ben Chappell 5 Yd Run (Mitch Ewald Kick) 710
FG00:00Stefan Demos 23 Yd 1010
THIRD QUARTERNWIND
TD08:30Jeremy Ebert 30 Yd Pass From Dan Persa (Stefan Demos Kick) 1710
FOURTH QUARTERNWIND
FG06:51Stefan Demos 45 Yd 2010
TD00:44Duwyce Wilson 39 Yd Pass From Ben Chappell (Mitch Ewald Kick) 2017