Northwestern's Persa Breaks NCAA Career Comp. Pct Record

Northwestern's Persa Breaks NCAA Career Comp. Pct Record

Coming into today’s bowl game, Dan Persa of Northwestern had completed 193 of his 260 pass attempts (74.2 percent) for 2,163 yards and 17 touchdowns for the 2011 season.

A two year starter, he’s battled through minor nagging injuries as well as endured a long, slow recovery from an Achilles injury suffered against the Iowa Hawkeyes on November 13, 2010.

Today, he needed 19 passing attempts to qualify for the college football career completion percentage. Even if he went 0-19, he’d still have it.


The record holder entering today was former Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan, who completed 70.4 percent of his passes. Persa completed 12 of his first 19 passes; Breaking the record on a completion to QB of the future Kain Colter on the first play from scrimmage in the 3rd quarter. The record setting toss sadly went for a 2-yd loss.

Persa’s Coach Pat Fitzgerald loves to say that “stats are for losers.” I’m sure he’d make an exception in this kid’s case.

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