Boxscore
Texas A&M 33, Northwestern 22
Saturday, December 31, 2011 12:00 PM
Location - Reliant Stadium
Attendance - 68395

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Texas A&M 3 17 10 3 33
Northwestern 0 7 0 15 22

Recap


Ryan Tannehill passed for 329 yards and a touchdown in his final college game to lift Texas A&M to a 33-22 victory over Northwestern on Saturday in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas in Houston.

Jeff Fuller caught seven passes for 119 yards and a score and Ben Malena rushed for 77 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Aggies (7-6), who were playing their final game as a member of the Big 12 before moving to the SEC next season.

Northwestern has not won a bowl game since the 1949 Rose Bowl. The Wildcats have lost nine bowl games in a row overall, matching the NCAA record.

Playing under interim coach Tim DeRuyter with new coach Kevin Sumlin watching from the press box, Texas A&M sent pressure at Northwestern all afternoon, sacking the quarterback tandem of Dan Persa and Kain Colter eight times.

The Aggies made their move in the second quarter, scoring three times in the final 7:58 to go into the locker room with a 20-7 edge. Tannehill and Fuller hooked up for the highlight play of that stretch, a 26-yard touchdown that made it 17-7.

The Wildcats (6-7) made it interesting in the fourth quarter, with Persa driving the team up the field and Colter finishing off two drives to pull it to 30-22.

Needing a first down to seal the win, Tannehill hoisted a 20-yard pass to Fuller down the left sideline. The senior wide receiver raised up and made a fingertip catch over the back of the defender to put the Aggies in the red zone and allow them to set up a clinching field goal.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 5:46
Texas A&M   FG  Northwestern 0 - Texas A&M 3
2nd Quarter - 10:12
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 7 - Texas A&M 3
2nd Quarter - 7:58
Texas A&M   TD  Northwestern 7 - Texas A&M 10
2nd Quarter - 1:31
Texas A&M   TD  Northwestern 7 - Texas A&M 17
2nd Quarter - 0:00
Texas A&M   FG  Northwestern 7 - Texas A&M 20
3rd Quarter - 10:00
Texas A&M   TD  Northwestern 7 - Texas A&M 27
3rd Quarter - 5:59
Texas A&M   FG  Northwestern 7 - Texas A&M 30
4th Quarter - 11:15
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 15 - Texas A&M 30
4th Quarter - 5:22
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 22 - Texas A&M 30
4th Quarter - 0:30
Texas A&M   FG  Northwestern 22 - Texas A&M 33
TEAMS

Team Records

  Texas A&M Northwestern
W/L 7 - 6 - 0 6 - 7 - 0
Conference 4 - 5 - 0 3 - 5 - 0

Team Stats

  Texas A&M Northwestern
Score 33 22
First Downs 22 24
3rd Down Efficiency 7-for-14
50%
5-for-15
33%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
2-for-2
100%
Total Yards 409 278
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 27-80 38-52
Average/Rush 3.0 1.4
Passing
Comp-Att 27-40 27-40
Passing Yards 329 226
Average/Pass Play 8.0 4.7
Penalties-Yards 7-67 8-67
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 26:41 33:19

PLAYER STATS

Texas A&M (7 - 6)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Tannehill 27/40 329 1 1
Northwestern (6 - 7)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Persa 25/37 213 0 0
K. Colter 2/3 13 1 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
B. Malena 23 77 3.3 2
R. Tannehill 3 10 3.3 0
R. Swope 1 -7 -7.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
K. Colter 17 65 3.8 1
T. Green 3 13 4.3 0
V. Mark 3 7 2.3 1
J. Schmidt 5 6 1.2 0
D. Persa 10 -39 -3.9 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Fuller 7 119 17.0 1
R. Swope 8 105 13.1 0
U. Nwachukwu 5 67 13.4 0
B. Malena 6 36 6.0 0
H. Prioleau 1 2 2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Fields 7 73 10.4 0
J. Ebert 4 35 8.8 0
J. Schmidt 4 32 8.0 0
R. Lawrence 3 28 9.3 0
D. Dunsmore 2 13 6.5 0
K. Colter 3 12 4.0 0
M. Jensen 1 12 12.0 0
D. Moulton 1 11 11.0 0
T. Green 1 8 8.0 0
T. Riley 1 2 2.0 1
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