It didn't take the Texas A&M offense too long to figure out that Northwestern's secondary defense has some holes.
With 1:31 to go in the first half in the Meineke Car Care bowl, Aggies quarterback Ryan Tannehill found receiver Jeff Fuller for a 26-yard touchdown. Fuller beat out Wildcats cornerback Mike Bolden to the end zone and the Aggies took a 17-7 lead. A&M increased its lead to 20-7 right before halftime on Randy Bulock's 40-yard field goal.
At this point it looks like the Wildcats need to do a whole heck of a lot more to get that 63-year old monkey to die.
The Wildcats showed some life when they scored at the 10:12 mark of the second quarter. Dan Persa tossed a soft pass to Venric Mark just as Persa was getting hit. Mark scampered in from two yards out and the point after put the Wildcats ahead 7-3.
But the Aggies owned the rest of the second quarter. They scored 17 unanswered points: on Ben Malena's one-yard run, Fuller's catch against Bolden and Bullock's field goal.
Persa also is shooting for the NCAA Division I all-time completion percentage record and needs just 19 attempts to qualify for the mark. If Persa can get it, he will overtake Hawaii's Colt Brennan who holds the mark with 70.4 percent. At halftime, Persa is 11-of-18 so he's almost there.