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With bowl win comes swagger for Northwestern

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Defensive lineman Brian Arnfelt hoists the trophy after Northwestern's 34-20 win over Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 in Jacksonville, Fla. With five straight bowl seasons and that elusive victory in their pocket, the Wildcats believe even better days are coming.

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One big hurdle is out of the way. Plenty remain. Northwestern will try to take the next big step and assert itself as one of the best in the Big Ten on the heels of a bowl victory that ended a drought dating back more than six decades. "Our mentality has definitely changed," running back Venric Mark said. "In the past we came in kind of like as an underdog."
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