Friday, December 30, 2016

Bilo's Quick Holiday Bowl Recap

Minnesota 17, Washington State 12

Minnesota survived a potential player boycott, and the Gopher defense put on a clinic in shutting down the high powered Cougar attack on offense to win the 2016 Holiday Bowl in San Diego.
Washington State led 6-3 at the half, until Minnesota scored both of their TDs in the second half for the win.
Luke Falk was held under 200 passing yards until the 4th quarter of the game for Washington State, and he did not pass for a score until the final minute of the game.
Rodney Smith used his speed to burn around the right side and score the game clinching TD with just over 2 minutes left in the game, and rushed for 74 yards on 17 carries in the Minnesota win. The Gophers finished with their highest win total since 2003.
Mitch Leidner was just 2/9 passing in the first half for Minnesota. He finished with 149 yards passing.
Washington State finished with just 39 yards rushing on 23 carries for the game.
Washington State's 12 points were a season low, and they had averaged 40.3 per game coming in.
Duke McGhee was ejected for targeting in the final minute for Minnesota, his 3rd ejection for targeting this season. Minnesota led FBS with 8 targeting ejections on the season.
Minnesota is now 3-3 against Washington State all-time.

2017 Openers: Buffalo at Minnesota (8/31); Montana State at Washington State (9/2)

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