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Northwestern Upsets Iowa ... Again

Nov 13, 2010 – 3:26 PM
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Mark Hasty

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Northwestern IowaEVANSTON, Ill. -- Dan Persa threw a five-yard touchdown to Jeremy Ebert with 1:29 remaining and the Northwestern defense held on as the Wildcats knocked off the No. 13 Iowa Hawkeyes 21-17 before a rare sellout crowd at Ryan Field.

The Hawkeyes mounted a ferocious attempt to score but Northwestern's defensive backs broke up a Ricky Stanzi pass in the end zone with six seconds remaining to seal the win.

Persa was the key to victory for Northwestern. He was 32 of 43 passing for 318 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Persa also ran for Northwestern's first score.

It looked like the Wildcats would fall victim to yet another mid-game collapse. Iowa scored on three consecutive possessions to take a 17-7 lead midway through the third quarter. Persa and his receivers found all the seams in Iowa's defense, however. The Wildcats' final two scoring drives went for 85 and 91 yards, respectively.

Persa was injured on the touchdown pass to Ebert and could not leave the field unassisted. Later, it was learned that he ruptured his Achilles tendon and will miss the remainder of the season after having surgery Saturday night.

Iowa's play on offense was poor. The Hawkeyes were a dismal two of 14 on third-down conversions. Untimely penalties didn't help, either.

Northwestern has now defeated Iowa in five of their past six meetings. Both teams now stand at 7-3. The Wildcats will play Illinois next Saturday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Iowa will host Ohio State.

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