In Week 1, Northwestern had a picture-perfect start in a 43-3 rout of Maryland.

Part of what made that opener so successful was the play of Peyton Ramsey, the Wildcat quarterback who was making his program debut. In the win, Ramsey had a debut so good it hadn’t been done by a Northwestern quarterback in a decade.

Against the Terps, Ramsey completed 23 of 30 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown. He was the first Northwestern quarterback to throw for at least 200 yards in his program debut since Dan Persa did so in 2010 against Vanderbilt.

Ramsey is all too familiar with the Big Ten after playing four years at Indiana. After graduating in May, Ramsey transferred to Northwestern and was immediately eligible to play for head coach Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats.

As one of the top passers in the history of the Hoosier program, Northwestern fans had significant expectations for Ramsey as he took the reins as the quarterback in Evanston. So far, he has exceeded those expectations. With the Wildcats normally prioritizing a strong rushing and good defense, a strong passer will be welcomed with open arms.