Gophers running back Donnell Kirkwood noticed something about Texas Tech's defense as he watched tape to prepare for Minnesota's bowl game on Friday. What Kirkwood saw from the Red Raiders had him licking his chops in anticipation.
"They're not used to power. Not at all," Kirkwood said of Texas Tech's run defense. "We want to kind of introduce them to a style of the Big Ten that they haven't seen before."
Indeed, Texas Tech's rushing defense was suspect at times in 2012, especially in the final several games of the season. The Red Raiders allowed 171.4 rushing yards per game, putting them in the bottom half of Big 12 teams in terms of stopping the run. Those numbers are skewed slightly thanks to Texas Tech's win over Northwestern State as they held the Demons to just 13 yards rushing on 28 attempts.
In their last four games leading up to this week's bowl game, the Red Raiders allowed a combined 1,087 yards against Texas, Kansas,...