Game’s ‘busi­ness as usual’ for Tech

Meineke

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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. “The great thing about this team, the sta­ple of this team, has been lead­er­ship all year, and we de­fine lead­er­ship as guys who come out ev­ery sin­gle day fo­cused and do it. If you can do that, you can lead as a fresh­man, sopho­more, se­nior; it doesn’t mat­ter. And that’s really the way they’ve ap­proached it.”

Min­nesota coach Jerry Kill doesn’t ex­pect any drop off for the Red Raiders with Tu­berville’s de­par­ture.

“I don’t think a whole lot is go­ing to change with them,” Kill said. “Their sys­tem, of­fen­sively all the way back to coach Leach, has stayed the same, pretty much ... they’ve got good foot­ball play­ers, a good sys­tem, and I know they’ll be pre­pared to play.”

Texas Tech re­turns to a bowl game af­ter see­ing an 18-year bowl streak snapped with last sea­son’s dis­ap­point­ing 5-7 fin­ish. This is their fourth straight bowl game in Texas and their eighth since 2000. They’ve won their last two bowl games.

The Go­phers are in a bowl for the first time since 2009 and look­ing for their first bowl win since 2004. They won six games this sea­son, which is the same num­ber of games they won in the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons com­bined.

“We’re in the build­ing blocks of a pro­gram right now,” Kill said. “There’s no ques­tion that get­ting a bowl vic­tory gives you great mo­men­tum go­ing into the off­sea­son. We won our last game of the year last year, and I feel like it took some mo­men­tum into the off­sea­son. I think get­ting a bowl win would be cer­tainly spe­cial for this group of kids.”

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