2013 was a post-season American TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl college football bowl game held on January 1, 2013 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida in the United States. The 68th edition of the Gator Bowl began at noon EST and aired on ESPN2. It featured the Mississippi State Bulldogs from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) against the Northwestern Wildcats from the Big Ten Conference and was the final game of the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season for both teams. The Bulldogs accepted their bowl bid after an 8–4 regular season, while the Wildcats accepted theirs after a 9–3 finish. It was the first time that the two teams had met. Northwestern won the game by a score of 34 – 20.
Mississippi State Edit
With a 3–0 start in conference play (and a 7–0 start overall), the season had a bright outlook for the Bulldogs. However, the schedule's increasing difficulty put the Bulldogs in decline, only finishing at 4–4 and fourth place in the SEC Western Division.
This was the Bulldogs' second Gator Bowl;
they had previously played in the 2011 game, soundly defeating the Michigan Wolverines by a score of 52–14.
The Wildcats were undefeated out of conference and posted a 5–3 Big Ten record, good for third place in the Legends Division. Only a one-point loss to the
Nebraska Cornhuskers and an overtime loss to the Michigan Wolverines kept the Wildcats from the division title and a trip to the conference championship game.
This game was the Wildcats' first Gator Bowl; it was also their unprecedented fifth consecutive bowl game. The Wildcats got their first bowl victory since
the 1948 team won the 1949 Rose Bowl over the California Golden Bears by a score of 20–14.
Game summary Edit
Scoring summary Edit
Interception returned 29 yards for touchdown by Quentin Williams, Jeff Budzien kick good
34-yard field goal by Jeff Budzien
37-yard field goal by Jeff Budzien
27-yard field goal by Devon Bell
Arceto Clark 18-yard touchdown reception from Tyler Russell, Devon Bell kick good
47-yard field goal by Devon Bell
Tyris Jones 3-yard touchdown run, Jeff Budzien kick good
Trevor Siemian 4-yard touchdown run, Jeff Budzien kick good
Malcolm Johnson 14-yard touchdown reception from Tyler Russell, Devon Bell kick good
Venric Mark 3-yard touchdown run, Jeff Budzien kick good
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Game notes Edit
↑ Bowl Schedule,
Los Angeles Times, December 8, 2012
↑ Michael Humes,
Combined Overnight Ratings for Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl BCS Games Rises over 2012, ESPN, January 2, 2013
"Mississippi State To Face Northwestern In TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl". Mississippi State Bulldogs. December 2, 2012 . http://www.hailstate.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=16800&ATCLID=205819459 . Retrieved December 3, 2012. ↑
"Northwestern Accepts Bid to 2013 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl". December 2, 2012 . http://www.nusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/120212aaa.html . Retrieved December 3, 2012.
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