EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Dan Persa threw for a career-high 372 yards, Jeremy Ebert set a personal best with 208 receiving yards and Northwestern beat Rice 28-6 on Saturday.
Persa also matched a career high with four touchdown passes, none more spectacular than a 90-yarder to Ebert in the first quarter. It was the second-longest completion in school history, and it set the tone as the Wildcats built a 21-0 halftime lead on the way to their third straight victory.
Northwestern suffered no letdown after a stunning 28-25 victory last weekend at then-No. 9 Nebraska.
Instead, the Wildcats (5-5) pulled back to .500 -- no small feat for a team that dropped five in a row before this run.