Halftime: Northwestern 21, Rice 0

Northwestern's defense has shown up for the second consecutive week, and after a while, the offense made an appearance as well.

The Wildcats, who contained Nebraska well last week in Lincoln, held a Rice team that scored 75 points in its previous two games to no points in the opening half. The Owls struggled to get much going on offense and have given punter Kyle Martens quite the workout (5 punts, 215 yards).

Northwestern defensive end Tyler Scott recorded an interception late in the half, setting up a touchdown, and others have contributed for the Wildcats' D, which had held Rice to 116 yards.

The Northwestern offense has relied on the big play so far, and receiver Jeremy Ebert is having a huge day with five receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns, including a 90-yarder that marked the second-longest play in team history. Demetrius Fields also had a 50-yard reception on third-and-long to set up an Ebert touchdown.

Quarterback Dan Persa returned from his left shoulder injury and has looked good, completing 10 of 14 pass attempts for 223 yards.