Texas A&M Vs. Northwestern, 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl: Aggies Lead The Wildcats 30-7 In The 4th Quarter

With Kevin Sumlin focused on recruting, interim coach Tim DeRuyter will coach the team despite being named as Fresno State's new head coach.

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Texas A&M Vs. Northwestern Final: Aggies Win The Meineke Car Care Bowl 33-22, Next Stop? The SEC

The Texas A&M Aggies came into the Meineke Car Care Bowl game versus the Northwestern Aggies and probably asked themselves, "how did we get here?" Its probably a fair question, since some folks picked the Aggies to win the Big 12 this year and be playing in a BCS Bowl game.

Instead, they faced the Northwestern Wildcats in a December bowl game. In a game that the Aggies could've not taken seriously, they came out and put together a strong performance, finishing off the Wildcats 33-22 as the score doesn't do justice of how sound a victory this was for Texas A&M.

Ryan Tannehill finished his career with another 300+ yards passing performance, throwing for 329 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Swope and Jeff Fuller bother had another 100+ yards receiving performances, Swope caught 8 balls for 105 yards and Fuller finished with 7 catches and 119 yards with a touchdown catch in the first half.

Northwestern QB Kain Colter subbed in for a gimpy Dan Persa and put two touchdowns on the board for the Wildcats in the fourth quarter to make the scoreboard look respectable.

For Texas A&M, this is the end of their allegiance towards the Big 12 as the SEC looms ahead in 2012. A new conference, a new head coach and new expectations will be formed in College Station. Aggies fans, are you ready?

For more on Texas A&M, visit I Am The 12th Man. For Northwestern coverage, head over to Sippin On Purple, and for a look at every college football bowl game, check out SB Nation's college football page.

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Texas A&M Vs. Northwestern Update: Ben Malena's 2nd Rushing TD Gives Aggies 30-7 Lead

With Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael unable to play for the Texas A&M Aggies, sophomore Ben Malena has been asked to carry the load for the Aggies in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Now, the third-string tailback for A&M could be making his case for MVP honors.

Malena scored on a 19-yard run in the third quarter to push the Aggies lead to 30-7 over the Northwestern Wildcats in Reliant Stadium. For the day, Malena has 68 rushing yards on 16 carries for two touchdowns along with 5 receptions for another 23 receiving yards.

Although there have been no turnovers for the Wildcats, the Texas A&M defense has been stout throughout as Northwestern has only mustered 127 passing yards through three quarters of action.

Randy Bullock knocked in his third field goal of the game late in the third quarter, to push the Aggies lead to 23 headed into the fourth quarter.

For more on Texas A&M, visit I Am The 12th Man. For Northwestern coverage, head over to Sippin On Purple, and for a look at every college football bowl game, check out SB Nation's college football page.

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Texas A&M Vs. Northwestern Halftime Score: Aggies Lead Wildcats 20-7 In The 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl

The Texas A&M Aggies have surged to a 20-7 lead over the Northwestern Wildcats as its halftime in the 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston, Texas.

Ryan Tannehill connected with Jeff Fuller for a 26-yard touchdown late in the second quarter to give the Aggies a 10-point lead. In the first half, Tannehill is 17-of-24 for 195 passing yards and the touchdown pass. His favorite target has been Ryan Swope, who has 7 catches already in the first half for 98 receiving yards.

A&M got their first points on the board with a 25-yard field goal from Randy Bullock, then followed up with a 1-yard touchdown plunge from Ben Malena. Bullock connected on a 40-yard field goal in the final seconds of the second quarter to push the Aggies lead to 13.

Northwestern's Venric Mark scored the only touchdown for the Wildcats early in the second quarter has his rushing touchdown finished up a 13-play, 77-yard drive for Pat Fitzgerald's squad.

Northwestern will receive the ball in the second half, as both teams are in search for their 7th win of the season.

For more on Texas A&M, visit I Am The 12th Man. For Northwestern coverage, head over to Sippin On Purple, and for a look at every college football bowl game, check out SB Nation's college football page.

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Texas A&M, Northwestern To Honor Joseph Villavisencio With Helmet Decals

The 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl features two teams trying to end 2011 on the right foot. But it will also feature two teams honoring an Aggies lineman tragically killed in a car accident in December.

Both Texas A&M and Northwestern will wear black and white helmet logos to pay tribute to Texas A&M senior lineman Joseph "Joey" Villavisencio, who was killed on December 22 in a car accident while heading home for the holidays. The decals read "Joey V", and include his No. 67 and the Texas A&M logo.

In addition to the helmet decal tribute, Texas A&M has a player making a more personal tribute. Offensive lineman Danny Baker, who was a close friend of Villavisencio and spoke at his funeral, will wear his No. 67 jersey in the Texas Bowl. "Joey V," who rarely saw the field, will be on it in spirit on Saturday in Reliant Stadium.

For more on Texas A&M, visit I Am The 12th Man, and for more on Northwestern, head to Sippin' on Purple.

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2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl, Texas A&M Vs. Northwestern: TV Info, Radio And More

No bowl team is in more transition than Texas A&M: After the Aggies meet Northwestern today for the Meineke Car Care Bowl in their backyard of Houston, Texas A&M will begin the transition towards becoming a member of the Southeastern Conference, as well as taking on an entirely new coaching staff led by Houston's Kevin Sumlin.

As far as today's game, outgoing interim head coach Tim DeRuyter, who took over the program after Mike Sherman was fired, will coach his first and last game for A& before moving on as the new head coach at Fresno State. Conference realignment, a new staff and then unexpected death of a player have weighed heavily on the Aggies as they entire the bowl game, courtesy of the Dallas News:

"Our guys know that there are coaches here very much like our seniors," DeRuyter said. "This is going to be our last game and we want to go out the right way."

DeRuyter tried to lighten the mood via fast-paced practices with music. He pointedly mentioned trying to remove "the cloud that’s been around for the last month or so."

Now he’s faced another challenge with the tragic death of senior offensive lineman Joseph "Joey" Villavisencio, killed in a car accident as he was returning home from College Station before Christmas.

DeRuyter called a team meeting before A&M’s first bowl practice in Houston.

"We talked about how life is so precious that you have to take advantage of every single opportunity we have," DeRuyter said. "We all hurt for Joey V’s family and all of the things he stood for. We absolutely have to go out and honor him by doing what he would do, practicing hard and competing hard."

Both teams will wear helmet decals saluting Villavisencio.

Time / Date: Saturday, December 31, 11:00 AM CT

Location: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

TV: ESPN

Radio: Aggie Radio Network

Streaming: ESPN3

For more on Texas A&M, visit I Am The 12th Man. For Northwestern coverage, head over to Sippin On Purple, and for a look at every college football bowl game, check out SB Nation's college football page.

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Texas A&M Vs. Northwestern, 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl Odds: Aggies A 10-Point Favorite

Even though the Texas A&M Aggies are being coached by an interim coach in defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter who also is juggling two jobs as he is the Fresno St. Bulldogs head coach, Texas A&M is favored by 10 points according to Odds Shark.

Texas A&M has shown all year to have a very good offense with quarterback Ryan Tannehill as well as the running game with Cyrus Gray. The Texas A&M offense is ranked No. 7 nationally while Northwestern's defense is ranked 81st in the country, so that is one reason why Texas A&M is a double-digit favorite.

Another reason Texas A&M is favored is because the this bowl game is taking place in Houston which means that the crowd will be extremely pro-Texas A&M since their campus is only 90 miles away from Reliant Stadium.

For more in-depth coverage on the Texas Bowl go visit our Texas A&M Aggies blog I am the 12th Man, and for all things Northwestern head over to Sippin' On Purple.

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Texas A&M Kicker And Lou Groza Award Winner Randy Bullock Named First-Team AP All-American

Texas A&M senior Randy Bullock has cemented his senior year with the type of awards that every kicker dreams of finishing their collegiate career with. First, it was winning the Lou Groza award on Thursday for being the nation's best kicker. Now, he can add "All-American" to his resume.

Bullock, along with 24 of the finest college football players across the country made the cut on the Associated Press All-American First Team.

The NCAA all-time leader in passing yards, Houston Cougars quarterback Case Keenum, was not named on any of the AP's three All-America teams. No non-BCS players made the first-team, and only four made the second team.

National championship participants LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide placed a combined seven players on the AP All-America First Team.

For more on the Aggies, check out I Am The 12th Man. For everything college football, check out SB Nation's college football news hub.

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Tim DeRuyter Will Coach A&M Despite New Position At Fresno State

Despite being named as the new head coach at Fresno State, Texas A&M defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter will stay with the team and serve as the interim coach during the 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl against Northwestern:

 CollegeFootballTalk 
DeRuyter will coach A&M in the bowl game, Fresno State said in a release.

DeRuyter has been serving as the interim coach ever since the unceremonious firing of Mike Sherman shortly after the Aggies devastating 27-25 loss in College Station to their arch-rival Texas.

While Houston's Kevin Sumlin will take over next season when Texas A&M enters the SEC, like Urban Meyer at Ohio State, he will spend the bowl period firming up the school's 2012 recruiting class and assembling his own coaching staff.

Even amidst all the coaching turnover, the bowl game is still very important to the Aggies highly-decorated senior class, as a win would give the team a winning season while also being their first post-season victory since the 2001 Gallery Furniture Bowl.

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Texas A&M Vs. Northwestern, 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl: Tim DeRuyter To Become Fresno State Head Coach, According To Reports

The Aggies could be without another coach for their New Year's Eve bowl in Houston.

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