Northwestern makes a school-record fourth straight bowl trip when it plays Texas A&M at noon ET Dec. 31 in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart breaks down the game, gives his keys and offers his prediction. See it all in this post. Also, view our entire 2011-12 bowl schedule. NORTHWESTERN (6-6) VS. TEXAS A&M (6-6) Storyline: Offense, offense and more offense. The points could be flying in Reliant Stadium, as Northwestern averaged 29.5 and Texas A&M averages 39.6. The defenses? NU allows 27.3 points and A&M allows 28.7. And for Northwestern, the game also
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart spent the season covering Big Ten football, and now it’s time for his team-by-team season recaps. Every day, Dienhart will post a recap for each Big Ten school, in alphabetical order. Up next: Northwestern. Watch our video from the Wildcats’ upset win at Nebraska now and read Dienhart’s season recap in this post. And look back at recaps for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, and Nebraska here, then get ready for Ohio State coming up. NORTHWESTERN Record: 6-6 overall; 3-5 Big Ten Bowl: Meineke Car Care of Houston vs. Texas A&M Season
On Saturday morning we profiled Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa, who threw for 15 touchdiowns last season and completed more than 73 percent of his passes before going down with an injury. Now he’s back. Watch the video here and check our Persa’s season and career stats inside.
Northwestern is down by four, and with 20 seconds remaining in the game, Wildcat quarterback Zak Kustok throws an 11-yard pass to wide receiver Sam Simmons for a touchdown. That touchdown earned Northwestern a 54-51 victory over Michigan, an exciting finish to game with a combined 105 points scoring and 1,189 yards in total offense. Fast forward 11 years, Michigan and Northwestern meet again at a packed Ryan Field and while the desire to win remains the same, much has changed. This time around the game will be played in primetime on BTN and the conference has been split into two divisions.