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.