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Wildcats Down Rice 30-13 - Match Report

Dan Persa's 307-yard performance through the air was the key in Northwestern's 30-13 win over Rice on Saturday at Rice Stadium.

Northwestern won and also put money in the pockets of their supporters by covering the 6-point spread as favorites. Totals bettors, meanwhile, saw the game go UNDER the closing number of 54.5.

Arby Fields rushed for 55 yards, while Dan Persa added 34 yards in the win. Drake Dunsmore and Jeremy Ebert added 87 and 82 receiving yards respectively.

Charles Ross rushed for 31 yards for Rice, while Sam McGuffie added 30 yards. Nick Fanuzzi threw for 211 yards for the Owls, while receivers Donte Moore and Sam McGuffie had 66 and 48 yards respectively.

Northwestern outgained Rice 451-377 yards in the game, while the battle of first downs was won 22-20 by the Wildcats.

Rice lost the time of possession battle 34:05/25:55, leaving their defense on the field more than they wanted.

Northwestern looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against Central Michigan. Rice will aim to get back on the winning track vs Baylor.