When you're a Big Ten coach with aspirations, what you want is what Northwestern head man Pat Fitzgerald got today; a complete game, with maximum effort. The Wildcats would score early and often on offense, and stymie Redbirds quarterback Matt Brown on defense en route to a Northwestern a 37-3 win at Ryan Field.
Quarterback Dan Persa would lead the team with a 19-23, 240 yard outing, with three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing). Arby Fields would turn a 96-yard performance on the ground, and the defense would intercept quarterback Matt Brown twice. Credit linebacker Quentin Davie for both interceptions on the day.
" I think we came out with a good attitude", said coach Fitzgerald. "We started fast, and we executed well for the most part in the first half".
They'd jump out to a 30-3 halftime lead once Drake Dunsmore scored with :10 seconds left in the first half, and never look back from there. Second-string players would take the bulk of the snaps in the second half, with backup Evan Watkins at quarterback for a number of series.