(JACKSONVILLE, FL) — No. 20 Northwestern ended their 63-season long bowl win drought with a 34-20 win over Mississippi State in the TAXSLAYER.com Gator Bowl.
The Wildcats won their first bowl game since 1949, which snapped college football’s longest postseason losing streak. The win also gave Northwestern (10-3) their first double-digit win season since 1995.
Defensive lineman Quentin Williams returned an interception for a touchdown on the third play of the game to give The Wildcats an early lead.
Mississippi State (8-5) tied the game at 13 in the third quarter on a Devon Bell 47-yard field goal. The Wildcats scored 14 straight points to take the lead for good.
Quarterback Tyler Russell threw for four interceptions in a game that featured more combined interceptions(seven) than touchdowns (six).
Northwestern used quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Kain Colter to help confuse the opposing defense.
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