After opening Big 10 play with four consecutive losses, including three by 10 points or less, Northwestern (3-5, 1-4 Big 10) finally earned its first conference victory of the season with a dominant 59-38 win at Indiana (1-8. 0-5 Big 10).
Senior QB Dan Persa was nearly flawless in the victory, throwing for 261 yards and three TD's on only 20 attempts. Backup QB Kain Colter threw two TD's on three attempts in the win. The versatile Colter also ran for 38 yards and led the Wildcats in receiving with 115 yards on six catches. Drake Dunsmore added 112 yards and four TD's on just seven receptions.
Indiana delivered an impressive offensive performance in the loss. Stephen Houston ran for a game-high 151 yards and two TD's on only 19 attempts, while freshman quarterback Tre Roberson showed his versatility with 161 yards passing and 121 yards rushing in the loss.
Northwestern returns to action next week with a difficult trip to Nebraska, while the Hoosiers continue the search for their first Big 10 victory when they visit Ohio State.