59 total points and 681 total yards tell the story of a wild first half in Bloomington. Northwestern owns a 38-21 halftime lead over the Indiana Hoosiers.
The Wildcats racked up 405 yards of offense against a struggling Hoosier defense. The only time Northwestern failed to score on a drive was at the end of the first half, when they opted to take a knee and run out the clock.
Dan Persa has thrown for three touchdowns—each coming to senior superback Drake Dunsmore, who is now Northwestern’s all-time leader in receiving yards by a tight end.
Kain Colter is also having a phenomenal game, posting two rushing touchdowns and a touchdown pass. He also has three catches for 94 yards.
Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson has been effective thus far. He has posted 194 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns—one passing, one rushing.
The Hoosiers jumped ahead to an early 7-0 lead on a 12-yard touchdown run by Roberson. The Wildcats would respond with a Jeff Budzien field goal, which sparked 24 unanswered points. Northwestern has been in control since that point.
Northwestern did hold an 18-point lead against Illinois on October 1st. That lead would drift away in the second half. If Indiana has a comeback on their minds, they will need to stop the Wildcats’ offense first.