Minnesota vs. Texas Tech: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis

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Minnesota vs. Texas Tech: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis

Texas Tech survived a wild Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Friday night, connecting on a last-second field goal to beat Minnesota 34-31.

Kicker Ryan Bustin drilled a hideous (but effective) 28-yarder as time expired to give the Red Raiders the victory. It was a fitting conclusion to the thrilling game, which featured three ties and eight lead changes.

Minnesota was on the board first, hitting a 41-yard field goal in the first quarter. Texas Tech responded immediately though, as return-man Jakeem Grant took the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown.

It just got crazier from there, as both teams scored two more touchdowns before halftime. In the third quarter, Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro was ejected for punching a Minnesota defender, and the Gophers responded by blocking a Texas Tech field goal.

Things got even uglier in the fourth quarter, as there were a combined four punts and three interceptions.

Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege tossed two interceptions in the final period, but he made up for it with a 35-yard bomb to tie the game at 31.

On the next possession, Minnesota true freshman Phillip Nelson threw a crushing interception, and the Red Raiders were able to finish the game in regulation.

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Twitter Reaction

As Roland Martin of CNN pointed out, this game was far more entertaining than the Virginia Tech-Rutgers game that preceded it:

Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett of ESPN were both surprised at the heated nature of the game:

After Jace Amaro was ejected, Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal tweeted some interesting news:

After a late interception, David Ubben of ESPN mentioned this great stat:

Despite catching a few passes, it was a rough game for Texas Tech wide receiver Tyson Williams. Grant Boone of CBS Sports has the details:

But the Tweet of the Night goes to....us. The folks behind Bleacher Report's college football Twitter feed delivered this gem after Philip Nelson threw the back-breaking fourth-quarter interception:

Good stuff.

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