Posted December 31, 2011 on AP on Fox
Northwestern's comeback attempt came too late and doomed the Wildcats to yet another bowl loss. Ryan Tannehill threw for 329 yards and a touchdown and Ben Malena ran for two more scores to lead Texas A&M to a 33-22 win over Northwestern on Saturday in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Northwestern hasn't won a bowl game since the 1949 Rose Bowl, a span of nine losses. Heading into the game, players and coaches spoke of ''getting the monkey off'' their backs and ending the losing streak. ''We failed in that regard,'' quarterback Dan Persa said. ''We let everyone down and we know it.'' The Wildcats had dropped three close ones in the postseason before Saturday's loss, losing in overtime two years straight before last year's one touchdown loss to Texas Tech in the TicketCity Bowl. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, who has coached the team in each of those recent bowls, said this loss wasn't any more difficult than the others. ''They all stink,'' he said. ''They are all awful. It's...
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