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Northwestern extends lead without Persa

10/30/2010

Northwestern fans are holding their breath a bit after star quarterback Dan Persa left the field midway through the fourth quarter.

Persa's fearless playing style might have caught up with him.

Fortunately for the Wildcats, they still extended their lead to 20-10 on a 46-yard Stefan Demos field goal, his biggest kick of the season. A defense that has held Ben Chappell and the Indiana offense in check now must protect a two-score lead.

You had a feeling Persa would get banged up at some stage, given how often he takes off and runs. Backup Evan Watkins entered the game and completed a first-down pass on his first attempt, setting up the field goal. That's got to give Watkins some confidence heading into the final minutes.