Last summer, my daughters were in a summer camp where they put on a musical performance at the end. My younger daughter sang “3 is a magic number” from the Schoolhouse Rock videos. She was amazing, of course, and I’m thinking about her and that song as I’m typing out this post. The magic numbers that I have in mind are a bit more than three, though.
When Dan Persa takes the field in Houston for the Meineke Car Care bowl of Texas in a couple of days, he’ll have at least two things to think about. The first is winning the game, obviously, which would be Northwester’s first bowl victory in 63 years. That by itself would be huge, but there’s also something else to consider.
Persa also needs to throw 19 passes in the game to become the all-time college football leader in completion percentage. He doesn’t even need to complete a single one of these passes to set the record, either. Just putting the ball in the air enough times will get this done. And every completion would just add to his new record.
Football’s a team sport, so I would think the victory is the priority over the individual record. Getting both the record and the victory would be nice, too, so I’ll be watching with the hopes of seeing history made, one way and/or another.