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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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