A very late and protracted game delayed publication tonight.In an earlier contest,Virginia Tech had edged Rutgers 13-10 in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando,Florida.The game was decided in overtime when VA Tech made their field goal attempt,but Rutgers missed theirs.
Later,Texas Tech and Minnesota engaged in a very scrappy battle at the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas in Houston that saw a lot of penalties and booth reviews of close calls.Texas Tech was booked for five personal foul penalties of unnecessary roughness after the whistle.
Despite the superlative effort of graduating senior Michael Carter,who made five tackles and two interceptions,as well as a pass broken up,and was ESPN's Player of the Game,Minnesota was slightly outplayed by the more experienced Texas Tech Red Raiders.
The Seth Dedge pass to Eric Ward in the end zone with 1:10 left in the game was the beginning of the end for the Minnesota Golden Gophers,and an interception by Texas Tech's D.J. Johnson at 0:43 led to Ryan Bustin's game-winning field goal.The final score was 34-31,giving the Red Raiders a good record of 8-5 on the season,while the Golden Gophers failed to break even,closing out with a disheartening tally of 6-7 for the year.
Winter weather plastered the US with everything from tornadoes to blizzards this week.At least 13 storm-related deaths were reported in the East alone.More snow is expected in the East for Saturday morning.