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 Jan. 1.
If it doesn't, Fitzgerald's good friend, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, will help the Bulldogs extend their program record with a sixth consecutive bowl victory.
A two-time Nagurski and Bednarik Award winner with the Wildcats in the 1990s, Fitzgerald helped Northwestern win two Big Ten titles. However, the Wildcats lost both of their bowl games during his days in Evanston - the 1996 Rose Bowl and the 1997 Citrus Bowl.
This is the fifth straight year that Fitzgerald, one win shy of setting the school record with 50, has guided Northwestern (9-3) to a bowl. The Wildcats, though, have lost nine consecutive bowl games since their lone victory, which came in the 1949 Rose Bowl.
"It will mean nothing until we get this win in this bowl game," linebacker Davi...