The defense did everything they could in order to win the Meineke Car Care Bowl against Texas Tech, the offense however had other ideas as they stumbled in the fourth quarter and couldn't take advantage of two late turnovers as the Red Raiders rallied for a 34-31 win in Houston.
In a game that was pegged see plenty of offensive fireworks, it was the defense that picked up the pace for both teams in the second half. Senior cornerback Michael Carter was the player of the game for the Gophers as he intercepted two Seth Doege passes in the fourth quarter as the team held a 31-24 lead. In both instances, the Gophers couldn't muster a first down in either case and the Red Raiders capitalized with the game tying score with just over a minute left in the game.
It appeared as though the Gophers offense couldn't decide if they wanted to play for the win or force overtime and in the process were forced to throw the ball on third down. Freshman quarterback Philip Nelson's pass was tipped and intercepted by D.J. Johnson who ran the interception back 39 yards setting up a 28-yard game winning field goal by Ryan Bustin as time expired.
Nelson threw for 138 yards and two touchdowns and split time with senior MarQueis Gray which seemed to throw the rhythm of the offense off especially in the fourth quarter.
The Gophers lose their second bowl game to Texas Tech. The last came by the same score in 2006 which was then head coach Glen Mason's final game.