Meineke Car Care Bowl 2012: Grading Minnesota and Texas Tech's Performances

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Meineke Car Care Bowl 2012: Grading Minnesota and Texas Tech's Performances
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It was a wild Texas shootout in Houston for the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, but the Texas Tech Red Raiders emerged victorious on a last-second field goal, edging the Minnesota Golden Gophers 34-31 in a thrilling Big 12-Big Ten showdown.

Texas Tech was off to a great start on the arm of quarterback Seth Doege, but Minnesota countered with a strong ground game. The Gophers stayed close and came back in the second half, taking the lead early in the fourth quarter.

Then, it was Doege again who led the Red Raiders down the field for the game-tying touchdown with little more than a minute to go. Next, D.J. Johnson came up with an interception in that final minute to set up the game-winning field goal for Texas Tech.

The game was marred by penalties and an ejection, but the Red Raiders managed to regain their composure to earn the victory.

Here are the position group grades from Friday night's pulse-pumping Texas Bowl:

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