D.J. Johnson returned an interception 39 yards and Ryan Bustin made a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give Texas Tech a 34-31 comeback victory over Minnesota on Friday night in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston.
Seth Doege found Eric Ward on a short pass, and he outran a defender for a 35-yard scoring play to tie it at 31 with just more than a minute left.
Michael Carter intercepted two of Doege’s passes in the fourth quarter but Minnesota couldn’t convert either of the turnovers into points.
The Red Raiders (8-5) got their third straight bowl win to wrap up a month that began with coach Tommy Tuberville’s abrupt departure for the job at Cincinnati. Texas Tech has hired Kliff Kingsbury to replace him, but interim coach Chris Thomsen led the team against Minnesota (6-7).
Ohio 45, Louisiana-Monroe 14 — Tyler Tettleton threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns, Beau Blankenship scored four touchdowns, and Ohio cruised in the Independence Bowl at Shreveport, La.
Chase Cochran caught three passes for 162 yards and a touchdown as the Bobcats (9-4) won their second straight bowl game. Blankenship’s four rushing touchdowns set an Independence Bowl record. He added 104 yards rushing.
Tettleton was especially sharp in the first half, completing 9 of 14 passes for 215 yards and two TDs. Louisiana-Monroe (8-5) struggled in its first bowl game after 19 seasons in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Virginia Tech 13, Rutgers 10 — Cody Journell kicked a 22-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime to help the Hokies win the Russell Athletic Bowl at Orlando.
Virginia Tech (7-6) won its third straight game to avoid its first losing season since 1992.Rutgers (9-4) had a chance to tie it in overtime, but Nick Borgese missed a 42-yard field goal attempt to the right.