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For Northwestern, Bowl Win Would Be Neat Trick
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Northwestern heads into this season hoping to make its third straight bowl appearance, which would be a first.

The Wildcats finished last season 8-5 after a heartbreaking loss to Auburn in the Outbook Bowl. It happened when coach Pat Fitzgerald went for the win with a trick play instead of attempting a game-tying field goal -- and came up short.

Northwestern lost quarterback Mike Kafka and defensive end Corey Wootton to the NFL. The top two receivers are gone, too.

Dan Persa steps in for Kafka after throwing for 224 yards as a sophomore.

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