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Northwestern Defeats Vanderbilt 23-21 - Recap

The Wildcats were Week 1 winners on Saturday, coming out on top of the Commodores by a score of 23-21 at Vanderbilt Stadium.

The match was decisive in favor of Northwestern, but they failed to cover the 3.5-point spread. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 41.5.

Dan Persa completed 19 of 21 pass attempts for 222 yards for the Wildcats in the win. He did not throw an interception in the game.

Zac Stacy rushed for 69 yards for Vanderbilt, while Larry Smith added 48 yards. Larry Smith threw for 240 yards for the Commodores, while receivers Brandon Barden and Jonathan Krause had 63 and 55 yards respectively.

Vanderbilt lost the time of possession battle 30:54/29:06, leaving their defense on the field more than they wanted.

Northwestern heads into a Week 2 battle against Illinois State. Vanderbilt, meanwhile, will have their next action against LSU.