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Gator Bowl 2013: Grading Northwestern and Mississippi State's Performances

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Gator Bowl 2013: Grading Northwestern and Mississippi State's Performances
Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

The drought is over for Northwestern, which won its first bowl game since the 1949 Rose Bowl, after being crowned the 2013 Gator Bowl champions with an impressive 34-20 victory over SEC foe Mississippi State.

After 64 years without a bowl win, NU used a bevy of turnovers and overall strong defensive play to suffocate MSU in the win.

Offensively, the Wildcats put together a solid team performance utilizing multiple quarterbacks, receivers and running backs in an impressive victory from top to bottom.

MSU, meanwhile was plagued by four interceptions from quarterback Tyler Russell and a tricky Northwestern attack that kept the Bulldog defense guessing for four quarters.

Here are our individual position grades for the Wildcats' win in Jacksonville:

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