Syracuse tops Minnesota in Texas Bowl

Mitch Leidner and the Gophers did all they could to capture the program’s first bowl win since 2004, but Minnesota’s Cinderella season came to an end Friday night with a 21-17 loss to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl. Catch up on all the stats, scores, tweets and postgame video highlights in this post.

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(AP) Terrel Hunt scrambled 12 yards for a touchdown with 1:14 remaining to lift Syracuse to a 21-17 win over Minnesota in the Texas Bowl on Friday night.

Brisly Estime set up Hunt’s touchdown with a 70-yard punt return.

Syracuse (7-6) led 14-3 entering the fourth quarter before Mitch Leidner threw two touchdown passes and a 2-point conversion to put the Golden Gophers up 17-14.

After the Orange regained the lead, Minnesota attempted two long passes to the end zone on the final plays. The first slipped through the arms of Drew Wolitarsky and the final Hail Mary as time expired was knocked down near the end zone.

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bigtengrad on 12/27/2013 @ 10:33pm EDT Said:

How did this team win 8 games? Disappointing start for the B1G. Was glad to see Coach Kill on the sideline, though.

Jeff on 12/28/2013 @ 12:35pm EDT Said:

A testament to just how good the coaching staff did this year. They had -0- margin for error, the no 1 WR goes down and they don’t win another game. They got wins with mediocre QB play, no offensive weapons except for 2 guys, and consistent inconsistent defense. Bravo Coach Kill, your recruiting is very simple…fill in the large blanks. #skiUmah

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