It should come as no surprise that the Meineke Car Care Bowl wasn't decided until the final minutes. It also shouldn't be a surprise that when the game was over, Northwestern again found itself on the losing end of a bowl game. With its 33-22 loss to Texas A&M, it has now been 63 years since the Wildcats have won a bowl game, but as they do seemingly every year, the Wildcats made the game exciting.
After reeling off 27 straight points, and taking a 30-7 lead into the fourth quarter, it appeared that Texas A&M was on its way to a comfortable victory. However, Northwestern did its best to make sure that the Aggies weren't going to coast to a win, as the Wildcats scored 15 straight to narrow it to a one possession game. With the defense needing just one stop to give the offense a chance to tie the game, the Aggies drained nearly five minutes off the clock and drove down the field to clinch the game with a 31-yard field goal from Randy Bullock.
In his final game at Northwestern, Dan Persa finished off his tremendous career with an efficient performance. The senior QB completed 25/36 for 213 yards. His primary target throughout the game was Demetrius Fields, who led the Wildcats with seven catches for 73 yards in the loss.
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