Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa is second to IU's Ben Chappell in passing yards per game. Persa averages 264.3 passing yards. He is completing 75.7 percent of his passes.
"They've had some very good quarterbacks there over the last several years. They have done a great job and it fits their system," IU coach Bill Lynch said. "The first time he really jumps out at you is a year ago when Mike Kafka gets hurt and he takes them into Iowa and they beat Iowa. He is the starter this year and it's the system too. It is a spread attack, but they throw high percentages throws and have great receivers. He's well-schooled and he is very accurate. The thing that is tough is that you have to defend the run with him. When you get those kinds of quarterbacks that can run as well as throw, it makes you be very sound on defense and everyone must cover their responsibilities."