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Northwestern vs. Rice

A social media recap of Northwestern's 28-6 win in its final non-conference game of the 2011 season against the Rice Owls.


  1. The officiating crew for the game is a Conference USA-based crew and it features Sarah Thomas, major college football's first female official. It's a historical day as it's believed that today is the first time a woman has officiated inside a Big Ten stadium. Here's a  neat story by Theresa Cassagne that ran in the New York Times back in 2009.

  2. The anticipation built around Ryan Field as the opening kickoff approached. Our friends from the Be Positive Foundation took in some of the action from down on the field.
  3. The excitement is building elsewhere, as well. A fan checked in with the colors flying in California.

  4. The Owls punted and pinned the Wildcats deep in their own territory. NU took over the 4-yard line.

  5. 96 yards, no problem. The 'Cats scored in three plays culminating with the second longest pass play in school history, a 90-yard strike from Dan Persa to Jeremy Ebert.