GOPHERS BOWL OPPONENT: TEXAS TECH
Record: 7-5, 4-5 Big 12 • Coach: Tommy Tuberville
Key players: QB Seth Doege (3,934 passing yards, 38 TDs, 14 INTs; WR Eric Ward (75 receptions, 974 yards, 11 TDs); WR Darrin Moore (81 receptions, 948 yards, 13 TDs).
Key victory: 49-14 over then-No. 5 West Virginia on Oct. 13.
Key loss: 52-45 in overtime to Baylor on Nov. 24.
Last meeting vs. Gophers: Texas Tech 44, Gophers 41, OT, in the 2006 Insight Bowl. Minnesota led 38-7 in the third quarter, and the loss led to coach Glen Mason's firing.
Did you know? Tuberville was involved in controversy after he yanked the headset off graduate assistant coach Kevin Oliver's head during the Nov. 10 game vs. Kansas.