This ridiculously lucky touchdown pass helped Minnesota win the Holiday Bowl
Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good
Minnesota beat Washington State 17-12 in the Holiday Bowl Tuesday night, and as the score suggests, it wasn't exactly an offensive highlight reel. Still, there was one play that proved to not only be the biggest score in the contest, but a play that also encapsulated the essence of the entire game.
Plays like this are why Mitch Leidner is a top-10 pick, amiright? pic.twitter.com/8X0TVf0chf— Jack McGuire (@TailgateHeisman) December 28, 2016
Hey, whether they're pretty, ugly, or just plain lucky, they all count in the end.
Now, while it was that touchdown pass that gave Minnesota the lead for good, it was the Gophers' defense that deserved all the accolades on Tuesday night. The unit came into the game with a few key players missing due to suspensions, and was tasked with stopping one of the most potent offenses in the country.
Washington State entered the Holiday Bowl scoring 40.3 points per game, and 6.27 yards per play. The Gophers held the Cougars to 12 points and 4.1 yards per play, well below its seasonal averages.
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