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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...
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While Northwestern is looking to snap its bowl-victory drought, the Mississippi State Bulldogs aims to earn their sixth-consecutive postseason triumph. The Gator Bowl matches two teams in search of an elusive victory, and entering with a businesslike mindset.
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...
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.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-4) and the No. 20 Northwestern Wildcats (9-3) will play against each other in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl.
Kickoff: 12:00 pm EST
Television: ESPN 2
Line: Northerwestern is a1.5 point favorite against Mississippi State.
Over/under: 53.5 points
Avg Points Allowed
Tyler Russell of the Mississippi State Bulldogs was off to a poor start in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl when he threw this pick six to a Northwestern defensive back. The Miss State Bulldogs from the SEC are taking on the Northwestern Wildcats of the Big 10. If this trend continues, the SEC will be 0 and 2 in bowl games which is not good for the conference that has just won so many...
Mississippi State fans were out in force at Monday's Gator Bowl Parade. Check out this fan and parade photo gallery.
The Game: Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC) meets #21-ranked Northwestern (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten) in the 2013 Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl. Kickoff at EverBank Field is noon eastern time for ESPN2 telecast. The MSU Network pre-game broadcast begins at 9:00am central.
Desoto Central (MS) High School 2015 catcher Austin Riley has committed to Mississippi State. He joins his cousin and high school teammate, Keegan James, as the two latest Mississippi State commitments.
Northwestern vs Mississippi State Gator Bowl game photo gallery, January 1, 2013.
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.
Photo Gallery of Mississippi State fans at the Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville, Florida, December 30, 2012.
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...
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...
Give the Bulldogs credit for saying the right things. Just ask Johnthan Banks if his team is serious about this Gator Bowl. “We wouldn’t want to let our team come down here as a team and embarrass ourselves. And we know how Coach is about coming back and having fun and not going to work. This is a business trip, we haven’t come here to party around. We came here to win a football game.”
ORLANDO, Fla. - Many schools are trying to turn Chris Jones away from Mississippi State, but he says all the right things to make the Bulldog Nation feel good about his commitment.