Northwestern 34, Mississippi State 20

Date - Tuesday, January 1, 2013 12:00 PM
Location - EverBank Field
Attendance - 48612

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Mississippi State 0 10 3 7 20
Northwestern 10 3 14 7 34

Recap


No. 17 Northwestern 34, Mississippi State 20: The Wildcats took advantage of four interceptions by Tyler Russell to earn their first bowl victory since the 1949 Rose Bowl by winning the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. 

Northwestern (10-3) didn't manage much on offense either, and it had to overcome three interceptions of its own - two from Kain Colter and one from Trevor Siemian - to claim its first 10-win season since reaching the Rose Bowl in 1995. 

The Wildcats jumped out to a 13-0 lead on Quentin Williams' 29-yard interception return for a touchdown and a pair of field goals from Jeff Budzien, but the Bulldogs came back to tie it at 13 with two field goals from Devon Bell and Russell's 18-yard scoring toss to Arceto Clark. 

Tyris Jones and Siemian scored rushing touchdowns to put the Wildcats up 27-13 at the end of three. Russell's 14-yard scoring strike to Malcolm Johnson pulled Mississippi State back within a touchdown, but his fourth interception set up Venric Mark's 2-yard touchdown run to seal it. 

The loss snapped a streak of five straight bowl victories for the Bulldogs (8-5), dating to the 1999 Peach Bowl. They had won bowl games each of the past two seasons.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The win was Pat Fitzgerald's 50th as Northwestern's coach, breaking a tie with Lynn Waldorf (1936-45) for the most in school history. … Mississippi State's defense finished the season with 19 interceptions, tied for the second-most in school history (22 in 1994). … The Wildcats had lost nine consecutive bowl games. 

SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 14:13
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 7 - Mississippi State 0
1st Quarter - 4:49
Northwestern   FG  Northwestern 10 - Mississippi State 0
2nd Quarter - 14:48
Northwestern   FG  Northwestern 13 - Mississippi State 0
2nd Quarter - 4:48
Mississippi State   FG  Northwestern 13 - Mississippi State 3
2nd Quarter - 1:06
Mississippi State   TD  Northwestern 13 - Mississippi State 10
3rd Quarter - 10:37
Mississippi State   FG  Northwestern 13 - Mississippi State 13
3rd Quarter - 9:25
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 20 - Mississippi State 13
3rd Quarter - 0:26
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 27 - Mississippi State 13
4th Quarter - 11:42
Mississippi State   TD  Northwestern 27 - Mississippi State 20
4th Quarter - 8:10
Northwestern   TD  Northwestern 34 - Mississippi State 20
TEAMS

Team Records

  Mississippi State Northwestern
W/L 8 - 5 - 0 10 - 3 - 0
Conference 4 - 4 - 0 5 - 3 - 0

Team Stats

  Mississippi State Northwestern
Score 20 34
First Downs 18 19
3rd Down Efficiency 1-for-11
9%
10-for-19
53%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 292 363
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 33-186 37-167
Average/Rush 5.6 4.5
Passing
Comp-Att 12-29 21-36
Passing Yards 106 196
Average/Pass Play 3.3 5.4
Penalties-Yards 6-47 2-20
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 4 3
Time of Possession 26:12 33:48

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Russell 12/28 106 2 4
D. Prescott 0/1 0 0 0
Northwestern (10 - 3)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Siemian 12/21 120 0 1
K. Colter 9/15 76 0 2
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Robinson 7 91 13.0 0
L. Perkins 19 84 4.4 0
D. Prescott 2 20 10.0 0
C. Bumphis 1 3 3.0 0
T. Russell 4 -12 -3.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
K. Colter 12 74 6.2 0
V. Mark 13 56 4.3 1
T. Jones 6 14 2.3 1
T. Siemian 2 14 7.0 1
M. Trumpy 3 7 2.3 0
T. Riley 1 2 2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. Clark 3 36 12.0 1
M. Johnson 2 24 12.0 1
C. Smith 2 24 12.0 0
C. Bumphis 3 18 6.0 0
A. Marcus 1 7 7.0 0
J. Robinson 1 -3 -3.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Vitale 7 82 11.7 0
D. Fields 2 41 20.5 0
C. Jones 5 39 7.8 0
R. Lawrence 2 18 9.0 0
K. Prater 2 7 3.5 0
T. Riley 1 6 6.0 0
V. Mark 2 3 1.5 0