How it happened: Dan Persa and Jeremy Ebert put on a show Saturday afternoon. Persa threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns, while Ebert had 208 yards receiving and two touchdowns, including a 90-yarder which put Northwestern up for good. For the second straight week, the Wildcats defense played well and appears to be hitting its stride at the right time.
What it means: Northwestern continues to build on the momentum they created by knocking off Nebraska last week. They did exactly what they were supposed to do on Saturday -- crush a weak Rice team which didn't muster much of anything on either side of the ball. Pat Fitzgerald's team finally appears to be playing with the type of consistency that fans were hoping to see earlier in the season.
Stat of the day: Persa's 372 passing yards are a new career high for the fifth-year senior.
What's next: Northwestern looks to become bowl eligible next Saturday when they take on Minnesota at home.