Gutsy Persa gets Northwestern to end zone

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Dan Persa built his reputation earlier this season with his impressive completion percentage.

The Northwestern quarterback is enhancing it with some incredibly gutsy runs today against No. 7 Michigan State.

Persa kept an 80-yard touchdown drive alive with two tough runs and finished it off by spinning into the end zone for his third score of the day. At only 6-foot-1, Persa plays a lot bigger.

Northwestern answered Michigan State's quick burst to begin the second half. Let's see how the Spartans respond, but Persa looks like a guy who won't be denied today.

Northwestern leads 24-14 late in the third quarter.