Northwestern routs Eastern Illinois 41-0

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Members of the Northwestern Wildcats run onto the field before a game against the Eastern Illinois Panthers at Ryan Field on September 12, 2015 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

EVANSTON, Ill. — Redshirt freshman Clayton Thorson threw his first career touchdown pass and ran one in himself for the second straight game to lead Northwestern to a 41-0 rout of Eastern Illinois on Saturday.

Justin Jackson and Warren Long also rushed for scores as the Wildcats had their way on the ground and in the air against the Panthers.

Thorson completed 11 of 16 passes for 152 yards, including a throw to Austin Carr who ran in his first collegiate touchdown off a pass to complete a 44-yard play early in the second half.

Matthew Harris intercepted Eastern Illinois’ Jalen Whitlow twice. His second pick, with 1:08 left in the third quarter, resulted in a wide-open 71-yard touchdown return.

Jake Mitchell added a pair of field goals as Northwestern followed up on a tight 16-6 upset of then No. 21 Stanford last week by limiting Eastern Illinois to 138 total yards.