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2012-2013
College Football Season
Gator Bowl
Post-Game

Mississippi State Mississippi St. (8-5) 20
Northwestern Northwestern (10-3) 34
 

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by CFP Staff
January 1, 2013

Northwestern ended the nation's longest bowl losing streak at 9 games with a 34-20 defeat of Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl.

The Wildcats' only previous bowl win came in the 1948 season Rose Bowl over California (20-14) in the school's first bowl game. Northwestern is now 2-9 in its bowl history.

The loss ended a 5-bowl winning streak (tied for nation's best) for Mississippi State which last lost a bowl game in the 1998 season Cotton Bowl to Texas.

The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com forecasted a 1.39-point victory for Mississippi State.