COL FB: Northwestern 34, Mississippi St 20

Jan. 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Quarterback Kain Colter led No. 17 Northwestern to a 34-20 Gator Bowl defeat of Mississippi State Tuesday and its first post-season victory in 64 years.

Colter completed 9-of-15 passes for 76 yards with a pair of interceptions and also carried the ball 12 times for 75 more on the ground as the Wildcats (10-3) logged their first bowl win since the 1949 Rose Bowl.

Venrick Mark, Trevor Siemian and Tyris Jones each ran for a touchdown as Northwestern finally emerged victorious after dropping nine consecutive post-season games.

Dan Vitale led the Wildcats' receiving corps with seven catches for 82 yards and Trevor Siemian completed 12-of-21 passes for 120 yards behind center in Northwestern's win.

The Bulldogs (8-5) struggled as Tyler Russell was limited to 12-of-28 through the air for 106 yards with four interceptions.

Mississippi State closed its season with five losses in six games.

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