The 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational presented by STAT BOX STORIES continues with the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, matching up the Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten) and the Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-5, 4-5 Big 12). Kevin Vaughn—also known as Romo_timex9—continued his goal to bring victories to Texas football teams in this Bowl Season, suiting up as the Red Raiders in Houston.
Red Raiders outlast Minnesota in sloppy Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, 24-21
Houston, T.X. – In a game which featured four turnovers on each side of the field, the Red Raiders of Texas Tech did just enough to emerge victorious at the final whistle, holding off Minnesota in a tight contest.
Minnesota started off the scoring with two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter—an 11-yard score by HB #21 followed just over a minute later by a 2-yard rush by HB #20—to go up 14-0 in a hostile environment.
The one-sided game would be short-lived, however, as Texas Tech scored early in the second quarter on a 70-yard pass to narrow the deficit to a single touchdown. A minute and a half later, the Red Raiders forced a fumble and returned it 72 yards for a touchdown to tie the game just minutes into the quarter. With 39 seconds remaining in the first half, the Red Raiders got on the board once again with an 8-yard run to go up 21-14 on 21 unanswered points.
After the combined 35 point explosion to begin the game, the third quarter was a surprisingly scoreless affair. The Golden Gophers managed to tie the game up with 3:46 remaining in the fourth quarter on a 45-yard passing touchdown, bringing the score to 21-21.
With just over a minute remaining, Texas Tech got into comfortable field goal range and converted what proved to be the game-winning 22-yard field goal conversion. Minnesota fought hard on their final drive in a last-ditch effort to tie the game, but the game was lost on their third interception of the game in the waning moments.
Player of the Game: Texas Tech FS #16, who had 10 tackles (2 for a loss), one interception, and also recovered a fumble for a touchdown to keep the Red Raiders going while the offense figured out their issues.
It was over when… The Red Raiders converted a 22-yard field goal with 1:10 remaining in the game to take a 24-21 lead. The game was back-and-forth throughout, especially with each team committing four turnovers; the only way to know for sure that the game was over was when the game clock finally ran out on the fourth quarter.
Game Ball goes to… Texas Tech WR #14, who had four catches for 177 yards and a touchdown, leading receivers in all three categories for the game.
Stat of the Game: 2-for-5. The two teams combined to attempt 5 fourth down conversions, with each team ending up successful once each.
Statistical Tidbits: Only four yards of total offense separated the two teams, with Minnesota gaining 351 and Texas Tech gaining 355. … The Golden Gophers rushed for 158 yards on 32 attempts, with two touchdowns. … Texas Tech passed for 286 yards on 17 completions. … Each team committed four turnovers, with each team losing a fumble and throwing three interceptions. … HB #21 gained 65 yards on the ground, while QB #5 contributed 76 yards rushing for Minnesota.