DETROIT, Michigan – The Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-6, 3-6 Big Ten) jumped out to an early 10-0 lead over Georgia Tech (7-6, 5-3 ACC) with 4:14 remaining in the first quarter at Ford field and never looked back.
The loss snapped Georgia Tech’s two-game winning streak in bowl games and was only its second loss in its last five bowl appearances.
Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim played a brilliant ground game, rushing for a career high 224 yards while earning MVP honor’s.
“We just went out there and executed all of our details,” said Quick Lane Bowl MVP Mohamed Ibrahim, who rushed for over 1,000 yards on the season.
Minnesota’s defense held the nations top rushing offense to just 206 rushing yards. Minnesota wide reciever Tyler Johnson had a great Quick Lane Bowl performance and finished the season with 1,169 recieving yards.
Johnson set single-season school records with 1,169 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. He finished the season with 78 catches, six short of another Minnesota record.
“If you keep believing, if you keep rowing the boat, were going to find a way to be a champion at the end of the year,” said Minnesota Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck, after earning his first career Bowl win during the 2018 Quick Lane Bowl.
The Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan passed for 132 yards on 7 of 13 passes in the 2018 Quick Lane Bowl in front of 27,228 fans, and Morgan connected with Johnson on a huge 57 yard completion in the 4th quarter.
The Yellow Jackets reached the scoring column following a 44-yard field goal by Wesley Wells on the final play of the first half that cut the Jackets’ deficit to 13-3.
Wells finished his first collegiate season a perfect 48-of-48 on place-kick attempts (9-of-9 on FG, 39-of-39 on PAT), including a 44-yard field goal against Minnesota.
Georgia Tech’s 10 points were tied for the sixth-fewest that it has ever scored in its 45 all-time bowl appearances.
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson, who announced on Nov. 28 that he was stepping down as the Yellow Jackets’ head coach following the Quick Lane Bowl, finished with an 82-60 record in 11 seasons at the helm of the Jackets.
Reported by Adrian Mitchell for Woodlawn Post Sports (NCAA Football)
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