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Northwestern’s Mike Trumpy hit with injury yet again

Updated: November 15, 2011 9:48AM

CHAMPAIGN — The Wildcats might have suffered a hit to their ground game as running back Mike Trumpy went down with an injured left knee in the second half.

Coach Pat Fitzgerald said Trumpy might have a sprained knee, but the injury will have to be re-evaluated.

Trumpy left the game early in the third quarter and was taken off the field in a golf cart. He finished with 63 yards on 12 carries.

This is the second time Trumpy has been injured this season. The sophomore suffered a concussion Sept. 3 at Boston College and sat out the Eastern Illinois game the following week.

It wasn’t Trumpy’s first injury against Illinois. The last time the two teams met — Nov. 20, 2010, at Wrigley Field — he broke his right wrist and missed the Wisconsin game and the Ticket City Bowl.

Persa to Ebert

Quarterback Dan Persa’s start also marked the return of the Persa-to-Jeremy Ebert combination. The pair teamed up for three touchdowns, a career-high for Ebert. The receiver’s previous best was two Oct. 30, 2010, at Indiana.

Ebert (five catches, 68 yards) isn’t surprised the pair worked so well after a six-game layoff. When Persa was going through rehabilitation from his ruptured Achilles, Ebert often would play catch with the quarterback.

“It was fun again,” Ebert said. “It was a normal thing for us when he was rehabbing and he needed to throw, I was the one catching for him. He’s my roommate, so we have that bond going.”

Ellis healed

Redshirt freshman linebacker Collin Ellis made his first collegiate start after missing the Wildcats’ first three games with a hand injury. Ellis finished with three tackles, including a sack.

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