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NCAA Game Summary - Northwestern at Indiana



(Saturday, October 29th)

Final Score: Northwestern 59, Indiana 38

Bloomington, IN (Sports Network) - Dan Persa threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Northwestern Wildcats to a 59-38 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers in a Big Ten clash at Memorial Stadium.

Persa completed 16-of-20 passes to pace Northwestern (3-5, 1-4 Big Ten) in the win, while Jacob Schmidt ran for 110 yards and a pair of scores as well. Kain Colter caught six passes for 115 yards for the Wildcats, and also completed two passes for touchdowns during the contest. Drake Dunsmore hauled in seven catches for 112 yards and four touchdowns, which set a school-record for single-game touchdown catches. The Wildcats snapped a five-game skid with the victory.

Stephen Houston rushed for 151 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns to lead the way for Indiana (1-8, 0-5), which also got 121 yards and a score on the ground from signal-caller Tre Roberson. Roberson also threw for 169 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the loss, the Hoosiers sixth consecutive setback.

The Hoosiers jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the opening period of play following a 12-yard Roberson run.

The Wildcats responded just over a minute later with a 37-yard Jeff Budzien field goal and took a 10-7 lead midway through the frame via a 29-yard TD strike from Colter to Dunsmore.

A Treyvon Green one-yard plunge late in the stanza gave the Wildcats a 17-7 advantage. Persa found Dunsmore early in the second quarter with a 22-yard scoring toss that gave the Wildcats a 24-7 lead.

The Hoosiers pulled to within 24-14 just minutes later following a 26-yard touchdown scamper from D'Angelo Roberts.

A 10-yard TD pass from Persa to Dunsmore midway through the period, however, pulled Northwestern ahead by a 31-14 margin.

The Hoosiers responded late in the stanza, finding the end zone on a 26-yard pass from Roberson to Duwyce Wilson.

With just over two minutes remaining in the half Persa and Dunsmore hooked up once again, this time with a six-yard completion that gave the Wildcats a 38-21 halftime lead.

The Wildcats extended their advantage early in the third quarter, as Colter hit Dunsmore with a nine-yard scoring strike.

A 15-yard Houston run into the end zone minutes later pulled Indiana to within 45-28, but Northwestern wasted little time responding and hit paydirt less than two minutes later with a three-yard Schmidt run.

A 38-yard field goal from Mitch Ewald late in the frame pulled the Hoosiers to within 52-31.

Schmidt found the end zone once more early in the final period of play following a two-yard plunge that pushed Northwestern further ahead, 59-31.

The Hoosiers added a two-yard scoring run from Houston midway through the frame.

Northwestern, which entered the game averaging 405.4 yards per game in total offense, finished with 616 yards as it averaged close to eight yards per snap.

10/29 18:11:28 ET