Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  By Tyler Mason  |  Last updated 12/27/13
It was a disappointing end to an otherwise encouraging season, as the Gophers football team fell 21-17 to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Minnesota was favored by 4.5 points, but it was the underdog Orange escaping with a win thanks to a late touchdown drive. The loss drops the Gophers to 8-4 overall to end the 2013 season, which is still a two-win improvement from a year ago. Here are five things we learned from Minnesota's loss Friday in the Texas Bowl. 1. Houston has not been kind to the Gophers. For the second year in a row, Minnesota played its bowl game in Houston. Last year the Gophers lost in the final minute to Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. This year, it was another disappointing loss at Reliant Stadium, as Minnesota was unable to hang onto a late lead against Syracuse. The Gophers scored twice in the fourth quarter to take a 17-14 lead early in the fourth, but the Orange used a huge punt return to set up great field position la...
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