December 28, 2012 in Sports

Texas Tech isn’t distracted by coaching change

Associated Press

Meineke Bowl of Texas

Texas Tech vs. Minnesota

Records: Texas Tech (7-5); Minnesota (6-6)

Stars: 2 (out of 5)

Where: Reliant Stadium, Houston

Today: 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: TTU by 13

Briefly: This was the bowl matchup that cost Glen Mason his Minnesota job six years ago, when the Red Raiders rallied from a 31-point deficit to win. The Gophers are bowling for the first time since 2009.

Swag: Fossil watch, flat-screen TV, belt buckle, T-shirt, lapel pin, backpack.

Kansas City Star

Russell Athletic Bowl

Va. Tech vs. Rutgers

Records: Virginia Tech (6-6) vs. Rutgers (9-3)

Stars: 1 (out of 5)

Where: Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla.

Today: 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: VTU by 2

Briefly: Both teams fell short. Rutgers had a chance to win the Big East but lost its last two. The Hokies will miss double-digit victories for the first time in nine years.

Swag: Shopping trip to Best Buy, Timely watch.

Kansas City Star

Independence Bowl


vs. Ohio

Records: Louisiana-Monroe (8-4) vs. Ohio University (8-4)

Stars: 2 (out of 5)

Where: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La.

Today: 11 a.m. (ESPN)

Line: ULM by 7

Briefly: What a year for Louisiana-Monroe. The Warhawks upset Arkansas earlier this season and now play in their first bowl game. The Bobcats started 7-0 but struggled coming home.

Swag: Gift suite, Timely watch, New Era cap, football.

Kansas City Star

HOUSTON – Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege has seen this before.

The Red Raiders head into tonight’s Meineke Car Care Bowl against the Minnesota Gophers after some serious upheaval with head coach Tommy Tuberville abruptly leaving the team for the job in Cincinnati.

Doege, a senior, remembers how the Red Raiders came together for a win in the Alamo Bowl under an interim coach just days after coach Mike Leach – now Washington State’s head coach – was fired in the 2009 season.

The Red Raiders have hired Kliff Kingsbury to replace Tuberville, but interim coach Chris Thomsen will lead Texas Tech against the Golden Gophers.

“It’s settled now, and the young guys are excited. I remember … when I was younger how close we became as a football team,” Doege said. “Because with all the uncertainty, all the distractions, that’s what gets you through it.”

Thomsen, who coached the offensive line before becoming the interim head coach, said he believes his team has dealt with the changes and is ready to move forward.

“It’s really just business as usual for us,” Thomsen said.

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