Northwestern’s quarterback platoon of Dan Persa and Kain Colter has been one of the Big Ten’s most effective in 2011. In conference-only statistics, the Wildcats lead the league in passing yards per game with 288.8, more than 50 yards better than second-place Michigan. NU (Their NU, not ours) also ranks second in Big Ten play in total offense per game (456.8) and second in passing efficiency (163.9).
Northwestern’s offensive power was on full display this past weekend at Indiana, where the Wildcats scored on nine of its first 10 possessions. The only exception was a kneel-down to end the first half. Senior Drake Dunsmore’s four TD catches set a single-game school record and were enough for him to become N’Western’s career leader in receiving yards by a tight end (1,373). On Monday, the Big Ten selected Dunsmore as the league’s Offensive Player of the Week.
Northwestern’s 59 points against the Hoosiers marked the most by a Pat Fitzgerald-coached team and the most by the Wildcats since a modern-day record 61 against Illinois in 2000. The Wildcats matched a school record for touchdown passes in a game (five) and compiled 616 yards of total offense, 58 shy of the school record.