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Northwestern's 64-Year Wait Is Over

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — They handed out Gator Bowl baseball caps that said "CHAMPIONS," and Northwestern players threw them on and sprinted toward the purple mob at a corner of EverBank Field.

Jerry Brown, NU's longest-tenured coach and a link to Wildcat teams from the late 1960s, bear-hugged Pat Fitzgerald's wife, Stacy.

"This is so special," said Brown, NU's defensive backs coach and a former all-Big Ten player. "I'm speechless."
Asked how he would celebrate the Wildcats' 34-20 victory over Mississippi State, Brown replied, "We'll probably have a few sodas," and then erupted in laughter.

The Streak is over.

"The last negative we needed to erase," as...

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