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Just getting to a bowl game no longer matters to Northwestern.
The 21st-ranked Wildcats want to win one and end a decades-long losing streak.
Northwestern (9-3) hasn't won a bowl since it beat California in the 1949 Rose Bowl. The Wildcats have dropped nine in a row since, matching the longest streak in NCAA history.
They get a chance to stop that skid when they face Mississippi State (8-4) in the Gator Bowl on Tuesday.
''It's the next step in where we want to go as a program,'' Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. ''The consistent success we've had in the program of being in the postseason for five successive seasons is something we're proud of. Winning a bowl game is the next step.''
Northwestern has come close the last four years, losing 30-23 in overtime against Missouri in the 2008 Alamo Bowl, falling 38-35 to Auburn in overtime in the 2010 Outback Bowl, dropping a 45-38 decision to Texas Tech in the 2011 Ticket City Bowl ...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Northwestern Wildcats spent so much time celebrating on the field that coach Pat Fitzgerald finally had to order them into the locker room.
He had something special waiting for them - a stuffed monkey.
It was the same one that went with them to the Meineke Car Care Bowl last season and had become a symbol of the program's decades-long, bowl losing streak.
When the Northwestern Wildcats look to end their bowl game drought tomorrow (you might have heard a thing or two about it in the local media) they’ll do so with these new helmets on. Expect to see a lot of running with Venric Mark and Kain Colter at the Gator Bowl vs. Mississippi State, MSU has a cornerback named Johnathan Banks who will be a top 15 pick in the NFL Draft.
The collegiate career of Northwestern defensive tackle Brian Arnfelt has seen battles for playing time, then a fight through injuries. However, he will cap off his fifth season with the Wildcats playing in the Gator Bowl. For Arnfelt, it completes a long fight, which has earned him plenty of respect.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Behind huge interceptions early and late, No. 21 Northwestern beat Mississippi State 34-20 in the Gator Bowl on Tuesday and snapped college football's longest postseason losing streak.
The Wildcats (10-3) won their first bowl game since 1949, snapping a nine-game losing streak that was tied for the longest in NCAA history. They also celebrated double...
Northwestern defensive tackle Brian Arnfelt met with the assembled media in Jacksonville to preview Tuesday's Gator Bowl game. PurpleWildcats offers an exclusive video interview with the Wildcats' senior captain.
The Wildcats of Northwestern, coming off one of the more successful seasons in recent memory, get the pleasure of opening up a barrage of New Year’s Day bowl games that feature Big Ten squads. NU will square off with Mississippi State in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl. The game will air on ESPN at noon E.T.
Here is how our staff sees things shaking out:
Andy Coppens (Co-managing...
Northwestern guard Brian Mulroe joined teammates and his head coach to preview Tuesday's Gator Bowl game. PurpleWildcats offers a video interview with the senior captain as he looks to the contest in Jacksonville.
Northwestern 34, Mississippi State 20
Pat Fitzgerald has done a tremendous job with the Northwestern program, and it paid off with the Wildcats' first 10-win season since 1995.
But even more impressive is the fact that this is the first bowl win for Northwestern since the 1940s the last bowl win came at the 1949 Rose Bowl. Bowl futility is no longer defined by Northwestern...
Northwestern guard Sanjay Lumpkin suffered a wrist injury, another setback to his freshman season.
Standing on a podium on EverBank Field, Pat Fitzgerald struggled to find the words to express his sentiments after Northwestern's first bowl victory since 1949. You can't blame the program's new all-time wins leader. After 64 years of postseason futility, the Wildcats' achievement will be remembered forever.
In previous bowl losses, Northwestern has entered as a heavy underdog; not given a chance to win the game. Coach Pat Fitzgerald believes the underdog label became a costly distraction for his team. The Wildcats recognize their even playing field against their Gator Bowl foe, Mississippi State, and are highly confident entering the game.
It’s the one blemish on an otherwise stellar résumé for Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald: The Wildcats are 0–4 in bowl games in his six-plus...
Northwestern defeated Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl on Tuesday to win its first bowl game since 1949. For those of you who struggle with math, that’s a 64-year drought. The Wildcats had lost nine straight bowl appearances prior to the 34-20 victory, which was tied with Notre Dame for the longest bowl losing streak.
One might say Northwestern got the monkey of its back with...
Game time: Tuesday at noon ET
Pat Fitzgerald couldn't lead Northwestern to a bowl win as a player, and he still hasn't guided it to one as the coach.
That could change - and the Wildcats' 63-year postseason drought could end - in the Gator Bowl on Tuesday.
If it doesn't, Fitzgerald's good friend, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, will help the Bulldogs...