Red Raiders win Meineke Car Care Bowl 34-31

HOUSTON, TX (KCBD) - The Texas Tech Red Raiders win a thriller in the final seconds of the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas 34-31.

The Red Raiders D.J. Johnson picked off Minnesota Quarterback Phillip Nelson in the final seconds of the game, which led to a Ryan Bustin field goal.

The Red Raiders committed 13 penalties for 136 yards. The Minnesota Golden Gophers only committed 6.

The Red Raiders have now defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers for the second time in a bowl game.

Seth Doege ends his college career 31 of 45 for 271 yards and one touchdown. He threw two picks.

Eric Ward and Derreck Edwards both caught touchdowns.

Jakeem Grant ran a kickoff back in the first quarter for 99 yards to put the Red Raiders up.

Tune in to KCBD News Channel 11 on Saturday for a complete game recap.

Texas Tech Athletics - Post Game Notes


• Weather conditions at kickoff: The retractable roof at Reliant Stadium was closed.

• Today's game was televised on ESPN and marked Tech's first appearance on the network since the 2010 season opener against SMU. The Red Raiders are 11-10 all-time in games played on ESPN.

• Today's game marked the second all-time meeting between Texas Tech and Minnesota.

• Today's game marked the 974th all-time game in Texas Tech history.

• Texas Tech wore red jerseys, white pants and black helmets in tonight's game.

• Minnesota won the opening coin toss and elected to receive. Texas Tech finishes the season 4-9 on the opening coin toss.

• Senior safety Cody Davis made his team-leading 49th career start tonight against Minnesota. Offensive linemen LaAdrian Waddle and Deveric Gallington both made their 38th consecutive starts in today's game.

• Tonight's attendance was 50,386.

• Tonight's game captains were seniors Cody Davis, D.J. Johnson, Seth Doege and LaAdrian Waddle.

Starters – (Offense) - (LT) LaAdrian Waddle, (LG) Beau Carpenter, (C) Deveric Gallington, (RG) Le'Raven Clark (RT) Terry McDaniel, (QB) Seth Doege, (H) Austin Zouzalik, (F) Kenny Williams, (Z) Jace Amaro, (X) Eric Ward, (Y) Darrin Moore (Defense) – (LE) Dartwan Bush, (DT) Delvon Simmons (NT) Kerry Hyder, (RE) Jackson Richards, (NICKEL) Tre' Porter, (MIKE) Will Smith, (SAM) Sam Eguavoen, (LC) Eugene Neboh, (RC) Derrick Mays, (RS) Cody Davis, (LS) DJ Johnson


• Gives Texas Tech a final record of 8-5 (4-5 in Big 12 play).

• Gives Texas Tech its third consecutive bowl win - all three wins have come against teams from the Big Ten Conference.

• Gives Texas Tech it second bowl win over Minnesota (Tech defeated the Golden Gophers 44-41 {OT} in the 2006 Insight Bowl).

• Gives Texas Tech an all-time record of 2-0 against Minnesota.

• Gives Texas Tech its second bowl win under the leadership of an interim head coach. Interim Head Coach Ruffin McNeil led the Red Raiders to a 41-31 win over Michigan State in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl (2009 season).


• Named Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Most Valuable Player while completing 31-of-45 passes for 271 yards with a passing and rushing touchdown.

• It marks the eighth consecutive bowl victory for Tech that its quarterback has been named the offensive MVP. The last time a non-QB earned the honor for Tech was in 1995 (RB Byron Hanspard) at the Copper Bowl.

• Made his 25th consecutive start tonight against Minnesota.

• Reached the 4,000 yard passing mark in the first quarter and has now gone back-to-back seasons with 4,000-plus passing yards. Doege becomes just the second quarterback in school history (Graham Harrell, 2006-08) to throw for at least 4,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. Doege passed for 4,004 yards in 2011.

• His four-yard touchdown run with five seconds remaining in the second quarter gave Texas Tech a 24-17 lead at halftime.

• Is responsible for 41 touchdowns this season which ranks fifth all-time in school single-season history.

• Moved into eighth place in Texas Tech history for single-season completions (380) while moving past former Red Raiders Kliff Kingsbury (2000 and 2001 seasons) and Taylor Potts (2010).

• Moved into the Texas Tech single-season history top-10 list for most passing attempts with 541. Doege moved past former Tech quarterback Cody Hodges (531 in 2005).

• Doege finishes his Red Raider career ranked third all-time in Texas Tech career history in passing yards (8,636), passing touchdowns (69), passing attempts (1,187) and passing completions (819).


Following a Minnesota field goal on its opening drive, redshirt freshman Jakeem Grant returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown to give the Red Raiders a 7-3 lead. In Tech's regular-season finale against Baylor on Nov. 24, Grant returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and became the first Tech player to do so since Vincent Meeks at Oklahoma in 2002. Grant becomes the first Tech player in school history to return a kickoff for a touchdown in a bowl game and the 99-yard return ranks as the sixth longest in school history. The 99-yard kickoff return also marked the first kickoff return for a TD in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.

• Texas Tech has not had two kickoff returns for a TD in a single season in the last 12 years until tonight.

• Grant, who entered the game with three kickoff returns for the season, recorded back-to-back kickoff returns for TD in as many touches.


Texas Tech has five offensive starters and six defensive starters who started in every game this season. Tech offensive players to make 13 starts include LT LaAdrian Waddle, C Deveric Gallington, RG Le'Raven Clark, RT Terry McDaniel and QB Seth Doege. The six Red Raiders on defense to start in every game this season are NT Kerry Hyder, DT Delvon Simmons, RE Jackson Richards, WS D.J. Johnson, SS Cody Davis and CB Eugene Neboh.


• Senior safety D.J. Johnson played his final collegiate game and made it a memorable one with a career-high 14 tackles and also recorded his second interception of the season (8th career) in the fourth quarter with just over a minute remaining to set up the game-winning field goal.


• Sophomore kicker Ryan Bustin kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired in regulation while also connecting on his 17th field goal of the season with tied an all-time Texas Tech single-season record. Bustin shares the school single-season mark with Bill Adams (1979), Ricky Gann (1984) and Lin Elliott (1991).

• Bustin becomes the first Red Raider to kick a game-winning field goal in regulation with less than a minute remaining since Oct. 25, 1997 when Tony Rogers made a 47-yard field goal with 0:19 remaining against No. 20 Texas A&M at Jones Stadium in Lubbock.

• Bustin made two field goals in the game (28 yards, 28 yards {game winner}) to tie a school record for most made field goals in a bowl game (sixth time).


• Senior wide receiver Darrin Moore caught 11 passes for 84 yards in tonight's game.

• Moore's 11 receptions tied a Texas Tech school record for most receptions in a bowl game. He tied a record previously held by Joel Filani (vs. Minnesota in 2006 Insight Bowl).

• Moore's performance pushed him over the 1,000 yards receiving mark on the season. He finished his collegiate career with 1,032 yards receiving in 2012.

• Moore finishes the season with 92 catches which ranks tied for sixth place all-time at Texas Tech for single-season receptions.


• Junior wide receiver Eric Ward caught the game-tying touchdown from quarterback Seth Doege with 1:10 left to play in the game.

• Finished the game with seven receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown.

• Completed his junior season with 82 receptions for 1,053 yards with 12 touchdown receptions.

• Ward's 1,053 receiving yard this season ranks 12th in Tech single-season history - just one yard behind former Tech standout WR Wes Welker (1,054 in 2002).

• Ward's touchdown catch marked his 12th touchdown reception of the season, which places him tied for seventh all-time in Tech single-season history with former Red Raider Lloyd Hill (1992) and Mickey Peters (2003).


• Junior Dennell Wesley picked up his first sack of the season on Minnesota's first drive of the game. It marked the second sack of his career.

• Texas Tech's first touchdown pass of the game was thrown by backup quarterback Michael Brewer. Brewer came into the game to replace starter Seth Doege when Doege had to leave the game for one play after having his helmet come off during a quarterback keeper. Brewer then connected on a 13-yard strike to redshirt freshman Derreck Edwards that gave Tech a 14-10 lead. The touchdown reception was the first of Edwards' career.

• Ryan Bustin's 28-yard field goal with 8:36 remaining in the second quarter tied the game at 17-17. Bustin is now 5-for-6 in the 20-28 yard range this season.

• Dartwan Bush picked up his sixth sack of the season late in the first half. He finished the game with a career-high 11 tackles.

• Texas Tech wide receivers Eric Ward and Darrin Moore are the first Red Raider receiver duo to each post a 1,000 receiving yard season in the same year since 2007 (Michael Crabtree, Danny Amendola).

• Sophomore Jace Amaro was ejected with 1:47 remaining in the third quarter for "throwing a punch."

• Seth Doege connected with junior receiver Eric Ward for a 35-yard touchdown to tie the score, 31-31, with 1:10 left to play in the game.

• D.J. Johnson picked off a pass and took it 39 yards to the Minnesota 22-yard line with 0:43 left to play in the game. It marked the first forced turnover for the Red Raider defense since Oct. 20. It was Johnson's second interception of the season and the eigth of his career.


• Texas Tech extended its school-record scoring streak to 194 consecutive games. During this stretch, the Red Raiders have now scored in double digits in 183 of 194 games.

• Texas Tech extended its streak to nine consecutive games with a rushing touchdown. Marks the first time for the Red Raiders with a rushing touchdown in at least eight straight games since 2008 (9).

• Texas Tech was penalized 13 times for 135 yards. Both totals marked season-highs and set new school records in a bowl game. The previous record for Texas Tech in a bowl game was 12 penalties (vs. Pacific in 1951 Sun Bowl) and 127 penalty yards (vs. Navy in 2003 Houston Bowl).

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