(Saturday, October 30th)
Final Score: Northwestern 20, Indiana 17
Bloomington, IN (Sports Network) - Dan Persa completed 18-of-28 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns before leaving with an apparent concussion, as the Northwestern Wildcats held on for a 20-17 triumph over the Indiana Hoosiers in Big Ten Conference action.
Jeremy Ebert caught five passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns for Northwestern (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten).
Ben Chappell connected on 30-of-54 passes for 308 yards and one touchdown with one interception for Indiana (4-4, 0-4).
The only points of the first quarter came on a 23-yard field goal by Indiana's Mitch Ewald.
Early in the second quarter, Northwestern took a 7-3 lead on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Persa to Ebert.
With just 48 seconds remaining in the first half, the Hoosiers grabbed a 10-7 advantage on a five-yard touchdown run by Chappell.
The Wildcats quickly drove down field in the waning seconds of the quarter, and Stefan Demos booted a 23-yard field goal as time expired to knot the score at 10-10.
With 8:30 remaining in the third quarter, Persa and Ebert hooked up for another touchdown. This time it was a 30-yard pitch and catch that gave Northwestern a 17-10 lead.
With just under seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Demos extended the Wildcats' advantage to 20-10 with a 45-yard field goal.
Indiana made things interesting in the final minute, as Chappell threw a 39- yard touchdown pass to Duwyce Wilson. With 44 seconds left, the Hoosiers trailed 20-17, but the Wildcats were able to hold on for the narrow victory.
Northwestern has won six consecutive road games and is bowl eligible for the fourth consectuive season.
10/30 16:15:36 ET