Quick lane bowl Gophers (6-6) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5)
Dec. 26 at Ford Field in Detroit, 4:15 p.m. (ESPN). First meeting between the teams.
Georgia Tech at a glance
Record: 7-5 overall, 5-3 ACC; second place in Coastal Division
Coach: Paul Johnson, who’s 83-59 in 11 seasons at Georgia Tech and 189-98 in 22 seasons overall. He is retiring after the bowl game.
Key players: QB TaQuon Marshall (896 rushing yards, 11 TDs; 824 passing yards, five TDs); QB Tobias Oliver (807 rushing yards, 12 TDs); RB Jordan Mason (640 rushing yards, seven TDs); WR Brad Stewart (15 catches, 286 yards, three TDs); DB/LB Jalen Johnson (60 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss); DL Anree Saint-Amour (45 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, four sacks); DB Malik Rivera (61 tackles, two interceptions); G Parker Braun (all-ACC first team).
National offensive rankings: Total offense (52nd, 419.3 yards per game), rushing offense (first, 334.9 ypg), passing offense (127th, 84.3 ypg), scoring offense (22nd, 35.6 points per game).
National defensive rankings: Total defense (46th, 367.8 ypg), rushing defense (47th, 149.4 ypg), passing defense (56th, 218.3 ypg), scoring defense (80th, 28.9 ppg).
Season synopsis: The Yellow Jackets won their opener over Alcorn State before losing three games in a row — at South Florida, at Pittsburgh and at home against Clemson. But they won six of their next seven games to secure bowl eligibility before losing their regular-season finale, 45-21 at Georgia. With Johnson retiring, Tech is searching for a new coach. One name that has surfaced as a possible replacement is Ken Whisenhunt, a Georgia Tech alum and former Arizona Cardinals head coach who now is the Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator.
Snubbed? The Yellow Jackets were passed over by other ACC teams in the bowl selection process, and some players weren’t happy about it. “How do we finish FOURTH in the ACC and get the lowest bowl in the ACC!!!! HOW!!!!!’’ junior running back Qua Searcy tweeted, before adding, “We’re excited to play in Detroit, it’s just disappointing to see our hard work is being overlooked.’’