2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Minnesota 10 7 7 7 31
Texas Tech University 14 10 0 10 34
Date December 28, 2012
Season 2012
Stadium Reliant Stadium
Location Houston, Texas
Favorite Texas Tech by 13½[1]
Referee Tom McCabe (MAC)
Attendance 50,386
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Mark Jones, Brock Huard
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
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The 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, the seventh edition of the game, was a post-season American college football bowl game held on December 28, 2012 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas as part of the 2012-13 NCAA football bowl season. The game, which was the final game of the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season for both teams, was broadcast at 8 PM CT on ESPN, and featured the Minnesota Golden Gophers from the Big Ten Conference against the Texas Tech Red Raiders from the Big 12 Conference. The Golden Gophers accepted their invitation after finishing the regular season at six-wins, six-losses, while the Red Raiders accepted their invitation following a campaign during which they totaled seven-wins, five-losses.[2] This was not the first time the Golden Gophers and Red Raiders met in a bowl game; the two teams had previously met in the 2006 Insight Bowl, with the Red Raiders winning 44–41 in overtime.



The Golden Gophers finished at the bottom of the Big Ten's Legends Division, only posting a 2–6 mark in conference play. However, because of their 6–6 record, the Golden Gophers were bowl eligible for the first time since 2009, accepting a bid to the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas their bid to the game, their first Meineke Car Care Bowl appearance.

Texas TechEdit

The Red Raiders finished in a tie for fifth place in the Big 12 at 4–5 in conference play, holding tiebreakers ahead of the TCU Horned Frogs and West Virginia Mountaineers but behind the Baylor Bears. Soon after Minnesota accepted their invitation, the Red Raiders did the same. Although this was also the Red Raiders' first appearance in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, the Red Raiders played in three previous bowl games in Houston: the 1976 Bluebonnet Bowl, the 2000 Bowl, and the 2003 Houston Bowl.

Pre-game buildupEdit

Minnesota offenseEdit

Minnesota defenseEdit

Texas Tech offenseEdit

The Red Raiders' passing attack was the second-best in the country, averaging 362 yards per game.[3]

Texas Tech defenseEdit

Game summaryEdit

Scoring summaryEdit

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring Information Score
Plays Yards TOP Minnesota Texas Tech
1 8:31 12 50 6:29 Minnesota 41-yard field goal by Jordan Wettstein 3 0
1 8:17 - - - TTU 99 yard kickoff return by Jakeem Grant, Ryan Bustin kick good 3 7
1 5:46 6 67 2:31 Minnesota Rodrick Williams Jr 2-yard touchdown run, Jordan Wettstein kick good 10 7
1 4:01 6 75 1:45 TTU Derreck Edwards 13-yard touchdown reception from Michael Brewer, Ryan Bustin kick good 10 14
2 14:26 9 48 4:35 Minnesota Donnell Kirkwood 3-yard touchdown run, Jordan Wettstein kick good 17 14
2 8:36 14 64 5:50 TTU 28-yard field goal by Ryan Bustin 17 17
2 0:05 12 42 2:22 TTU Seth Doege 4-yard touchdown run, Ryan Bustin kick good 17 24
3 12:07 6 53 2:01 Minnesota Devin Crawford-Tufts 17-yard touchdown reception from Phillip Nelson, Jordan Wettstein kick good 24 24
4 13:07 8 79 3:17 Minnesota Drew Goodger 1-yard touchdown reception from Phillip Nelson, Jordan Wettstein kick good 31 24
4 1:10 7 82 2:14 TTU Eric Ward 35-yard touchdown reception from Seth Doege, Ryan Bustin kick good 31 31
4 0:00 3 11 0:43 TTU 28-yard field goal by Ryan Bustin 31 34
"TOP" = Time of Possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 31 34



  1. Bowl Schedule, Los Angeles Times, Decembe 4, 2012
  2. "Minnesota, Texas Tech accept invitations to 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas". Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. December 2, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
  3. Bennett, Brian (28 December 2012). "Minnesota keys in Meineke Car Care Bowl". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 18 February 2013.

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