|Texas A&M (7-6)||33|
by CFP Staff
Northwestern owns the nation's longest bowl losing streak, both in number of games (9) and longest period of time between victories (63 years).
Tim DeRuyter, Sherman's defensive coordinator, was interim head coach for Texas A&M in the bowl game. But he will be leaving now to begin his head coaching career with Fresno State.
The Aggies head to the SEC in 2012 with a new head coach in Kevin Sumlin who led Houston to a 12-0 record before falling to Southern Miss in the Conference USA Championship game.
They will also need to find a new quarterback as senior Ryan Tannehill, who played wide receiver his first two-plus seasons in College Station, leaves as the only player in NCAA history to record more than 4,000 yards passing and 1,500 yards receiving, as well as the only player to record a 400-yard passing game and a 200-yard receiving game.
Northwestern was bowl eligible for the school-record fifth consecutive season under head coach Pat Fitzgerald.
58.3% of CollegeFootballPoll.com voters picked Northwestern to win, but the Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com projected the Aggies to come out on top by 13.62 points.
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