UNDATED (AP) - It's over. Northwestern has won a bowl game. That hasn't happened in 64 years.
Winning their first bowl since the 1949 Rose Bowl, the 21st-ranked Wildcats snapped their nine-game bowl losing streak by beating Mississippi State 34-20 in the Gator Bowl. That had been college football's longest postseason losing streak. It's the first time the 10-3 Wildcats finished with double-digit victories since the 1995 season.
Quentin Williams returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown on the third play of the game. Nick Vanhoose set up a late touchdown with a 39-yard interception return. Those plays were the difference in a back-and-forth game that featured more interceptions (seven) than touchdowns (six).