Dec 27, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner (7) looks for an open receiver during the second quarter of the Texas Bowl against the Syracuse Orange at Reliant Stadium . Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Mitch Leidner hits Gophers WR Drew Wolitarsky for huge TD (GIF)


The Minnesota Gophers seem to have finally pieced together a respectable football team under Jerry Kill and in the head coach’s fourth year, the team is staying competitive in a bowl game. The Gophers were down early to the Syracuse Orange until quarterback Mitch Leidner hit a wide open Drew Wolitarsky for a massive 55-yard touchdown.

Minnesota was able to eventually make the score 17-14 thanks to the bug touchdown but we’re still trying to figure out how you allow a guy to get that wide open that far down the field in this close of a game.

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The Gophers and their fans sure aren’t complaining as a win in the Texas Bowl would be a huge accomplishment for a Minnesota team hunting for it’s ninth win of the season. That looks like it’s well within reach and both Wolitarsky and a shady Syracuse defense can be thanked for that.

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