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Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter (2) breaks a long run during the second half of the Gator Bowl on Tuesday in Jacksonville, Fla. Northwestern beat Mississippi State 34-20.

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Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter stiff arms Mississippi State defensive back Jay Hughes during the first half of the Gator Bowl on Tuesday. Colter ran for 71 yards on 11 attempts in the Wildcats' victory.

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Northwestern defensive lineman Quentin Williams (88) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of the Gator Bowl NCAA college football game against Mississippi State Tuesday in Jacksonville, Fla.

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What does a football program do for an encore after snapping a 9-game bowl losing streak that spanned the course of 64 years?Why, aim higher of course.That's just the plan for the folks at Northwestern, who were, no surprise here, sky-high after defeating Mississippi State 34-20 in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day.
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    • Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter (2) breaks a long run during the second half of the Gator Bowl on Tuesday in Jacksonville, Fla. Northwestern beat Mississippi State 34-20.
    • Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter stiff arms Mississippi State defensive back Jay Hughes during the first half of the Gator Bowl on Tuesday. Colter ran for 71 yards on 11 attempts in the Wildcats’ victory.
    • Northwestern defensive lineman Quentin Williams (88) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of the Gator Bowl NCAA college football game against Mississippi State Tuesday in Jacksonville, Fla.
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