DETROIT (AP)– Mohamed Ibrahim ran for career-high 224 lawns and two goals, leading Minnesota to a 34-10 success over Georgia Tech on Wednesday night in the Quick Lane Bowl.
The Golden Gophers (7-6) won three of their last four games, and Ibrahim had a lot to do with that. The redshirt freshman running back had 121 backyards hurrying in a win at Wisconsin that made Minnesota bowl eligible and ran for 155 backyards last month in a victory over Purdue.
The Yellow Jackets (7-6) did not have the speed or strength to decrease Ibrahim and their triple-option offense was stunted in coach Paul Johnson’s finale.
The Gophers restricted Georgia Tech to 206 yards on the ground after it led the nation with 335 yards hurrying per game.
Minnesota led 13-0 early in the second quarter after Tanner Morgan tossed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Johnson in the first quarter and Emmit Carpenter made two basket. Ibrahim’s 3-yard goal run midway through the third quarter made it 20-3.
The Yellow Jackets reacted with Nathan Cottrell’s 20-yard touchdown run, however their defense enabled Ibrahim to score again on the taking place drive. Morgan linked with Johnson on a 30-yard touchdown strike with 6:19 left, offering the Gophers a 24-point cushion.
Minnesota: Ibrahim has the potential to be one of the leading players on offense in the Big 10 next season. He runs with a mix of speed and power, running previous defenders or penalizing them by decreasing his shoulder.
Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets were in problem when they fell back due to the fact that they don’t pass much, making it tough to come back. They averaged less than 10 passes throughout the regular season and it was clear both of their quarterbacks were not comfy hanging back to toss.
Johnson set single-season school record with 1,169 yards getting and 12 goals. He completed the season with 78 catches, 6 brief of another Minnesota record.
Georgia Tech suspended linebacker Charlie Thomas from the Quick Lane Bowl for a concealed infraction of group rules.
Minnesota linebacker Kamal Martin did not bet reasons coach P.J. Fleck was expected to resolve after the game. The Gophers were also without senior linebacker Blake Cashman, who revealed his objective to skip the bowl video game to focus on getting ready for the NFL draft.
Minnesota: The Gophers had a nation-high 52 percent of their lineup filled by freshmen, providing a lot of wish for next season when they open in the house Aug. 29 versus South Dakota State.
Georgia Tech: It will be challenging for Geoff Collins to win in his coaching launching with the Yellow Jackets. They play Aug. 22 at Clemson in the very first game on the ACC Network. The former Temple coach, who is from Georgia, will be installing a new offense without a handful of beginners on offense and the defense is losing 8 starters.
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