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Last-second victory

Ryan Bustin hit a 28-yard field goal as time expired to lead Texas Tech to a 34-31 win over Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Friday night.

Texas Tech's Dartwan Bush takes down Minnesota's Donnell Kirkwood during the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas on Friday in Houston. (Zach Long)

D.J. Johnson intercepted Philip Nelson’s pass in the final minute of the game and returned it 39 yards to give the Red Raiders the momentum and set them up in scoring range.

Minnesota defensive back Michael Carter was named player of the game for intercepting Doege twice. At the time, his second pick looked like it could seal the game for the Golden Gophers.

Seth Doege and Eric Ward had other plans. Doege hit Ward for a 35-yard touchdown pass with just 1:10 remaining to tie the game.

Johnson’s interception is the play most Red Raider fans will remember best from Friday’s game. Before that play it was a rather slow game with yellow flags flying everywhere.

Penalties killed several drives for both teams, as Texas Tech (8-5) was penalized 13 times for 135 yards and Minnesota (6-7) seven times for 84 yards.

In his final collegiate game, senior quarterback Seth Doege surpassed 4,000 yards passing for the second consecutive season.

Wide receivers senior Darrin Moore Jr. and junior Eric Ward each eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark for the season.

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