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January 1, 2011DALLAS--Northwestern will have to wait at least one more year to end a bowl drought that has survived intact through eight games, 62 years, 12 presidents and four wars.
Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts shredded the Wildcats for 369 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Red Raiders to a 45-38 win over Northwestern.
The loss means that the Wildcats' last bowl win remains the 1949 Rose Bowl.
You have to hand it to the Wildcats, though. They fought back to make what looked to be a blowout in the third quarter interesting in the fourth by cutting a 22-point third quarter deficit down to seven points twice in the final period.
But every time Northwestern seemed to seize momentum with a score in the second half, the Red Raiders answered to regain the advantage.
The Wildcats recovered a Texas Tech fumble on the third-quarter kickoff, and then scored on a Stefan Demos field goal to cut Tech's lead to 24-9. On the very next play, Eric Stephens burst up the middle for an 86-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 22.
Right after Evan Watkins hit Demetrius Fields for an 18-yard touchdown pass to trim the lead to 38-31 with 10:33 left in the final period, Texas Tech went 69 yards in 10 plays to push its edge back to 45-31.
Then, after Jordan Mabin again cut the lead to seven with a interception return for a touchdown, the Raiders ran nine plays and ate 5:06, leaving Northwestern with just 25 seconds to try and tie the game.
That wasn't enough time.
It turned out to be the final points of the contest.