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The last time Northwestern hoisted a bowl championship trophy, Harry Truman was in the White House and Senator Joseph McCarthy was beginning to see Reds everywhere.
In the 1949 Rose Bowl Game, Northwestern defeated Cal, 20-14.
Despite making nine bowl games since that 1948 season, the Wildcats have not been able to come away with another victory.
Until 2013, that is.
As if to carry the banner for the Big Ten, the Wildcats marched into the Gator Bowl with a swagger not ordinarily seen in Evanston. It was also sweet for the Purple Cats given the comments by Mississippi State's Corey Broomfield.
When a guy's fast in the Big Ten, he stands out. If he's in the SEC, he'd be [just] another player. That's a big differnce.
As well-spoken as Broomfield was before the game, we wonder how difficult it is to talk with his cleats in his mouth. He was on the sideline watching Northwestern defensive end Quentin Williams snag an errant Tyler Russel pass and take it back to the house for six.
That helped propel Northwestern to a 34-20 drubbing of Mississippi State in the 2013 Gator Bowl.