(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By BETSY BLANEY Associated Press Texas Tech is back in a bowl game, a year after the Red Raiders ended a streak of 11-straight postseason appearances.
Texas Tech travels to Houston to take on Minnesota of the Big Ten in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Dec. 28. The Red Raiders beat the likes of West Virginia and TCU and doubled their Big 12 win total from last season.
''We're excited about being back in a bowl game,'' said coach Tommy Tuberville, who is without a winning Big 12 record since coming to Texas Tech in 2010. ''Hopefully, we can play much better than we what we played at the end of the year.''
Minnesota (6-6) and Texas Tech (7-5) played each other in the 2006 Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., when the Gophers blew a 31-point lead and lost 44-41 in OT. It was the largest comeback in Division I-A bowl history.
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