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Win #6 - Texas Tech completes The Comeback

We are getting closer to the top 5 victories but #6 was no slouch. Our Red Raiders made history in the desert as they completed a monumental comeback to top the Golden Gophers of Minnesota.

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Date:  December 29, 2006

Location: Tempe, AZ Sun Devil Stadium

Bowl:  Insight

Opponent:  Minnesota Golden Gophers

Attendance: 48,391

Score: Texas Tech 44 Minnesota 41

Graham Harrell had some really bad games in his career.  The good far far outweighed the bad but I believe as an educated fanbase we all knew there would be a game here or there that you couldn't help but scratch your head watching his performance.  Looking back this game appeared to be one of those games.  Harrell failed to convert a short 4th and 1 on the opening possession, threw an interception on the second and then fumbled on the third.  At the end of the first we were down 14-0 and 35-7 at the half.  With 7:47 remaining in the third quarter Tech was down 38-7 our season was over, our pets heads were falling off and many found something else, ANYTHING else to watch (or strongly considered it.)  Those that stayed tuned in got a late Christmas gift and were witness to history.

The Red Raiders didn't quit.  Harrell hooked up with Joel Filani on a 43-yd TD pass and the team went into the fourth quarter down 38-14 but driving the football.  Robert Johnson opened up the fourth with an 8-yd TD reception from Harrell to make it 38-21.  After Minnesota turned the ball over on downs Tech moved the ball and Harrell capped off a drive with a 1-yd TD run to cut the lead to 38-28.  Momentum was ours!!  Shannon Woods scored his second TD of the game on the following possession and Tech trimmed the lead to 38-35.  A failed onside kick seemingly killed the comeback but with two timeouts in their pocket they were able to get the ball back for one last drive.

It was a tall task as the drive started at the Tech 12 yard line.  Harrell completed 5 passes to put the team in position to potentially tie the game and send it into OT with a 52-yd attempt.  Alex Trilica, with ice in his veins, booted the kick up and through the uprights as time expired and sent the game into overtime.  The defense held Minnesota to a field goal and Woods capped off the greatest comeback in FBS bowl history with his 3rd TD run of the night.

Counting Down To #1:

#10 - Tech 31  Nebraska 10 (2009)

#9  - Tech 49  West Virginia 14 (2012)

#8: - Tech 41  Michigan State 31 (2010)

#7 -  Tech 23  Oklahoma 21 (2005)

#6 -  Tech 44 Minnesota 41 (2006)