Northwestern QB Persa out for season

Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa will miss the rest of the

season after rupturing his Achilles’ tendon on the game-winning

touchdown in a 21-17 victory over No. 13 Iowa on Saturday.

Persa threw for 318 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the

second the play he was injured on and that gave the Wildcats a

20-17 lead. He was helped off the field before the extra point with

1:22 to play. He was scheduled to undergo surgery Saturday

night.

His 20-yard TD to Demetrius Fields capped Northwestern’s winning

drive. But while the Wildcats were celebrating, Persa was on the

ground clutching his right leg.

He wasn’t hit on the play, but coach Pat Fitzgerald says Persa

heard a pop.