'Cats Control First Half

Northwestern owns a comfortable 21-0 halftime lead over the Rice Owls.

The Wildcats jumped to the early advantage as Dan Persa connected with Jeremy Ebert for a 90-yard touchdown pass. That play was the second-longest play in Northwestern football history.

Ebert added to the lead with his second touchdown catch of the game, a 17-yard strike from Persa.

In the first half, Ebert posted 173 receiving yards—besting his career-high, which he set last week against Nebraska.

After an interception by Tyler Scott at the NU 45-yard line, the Wildcats drove 55 yards in just 42 seconds. The brief march was capped off by a Demetrius Fields 17-yard touchdown catch.

The Wildcats finished the half with 292 passing yards, and just 11 rushing yards. Dan Persa posted 278 passing yards in the first half.

Northwestern's defense has held Rice in check thus far. The Owls posted 155 yards of offense in the first half, but did not find the endzone. Rice came close to scoring at the end of the half, as Chris Boswell's 60-yard field goal attempt hit the crossbar.

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