Gopher Football Fans Take Texas!

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While the result of the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas wasn't exactly what Gopher fans would have hoped for, the Gopher fans that made the trip down seemed to all have a great time. In particular, the 25 student fans that drove down to Houston on a tricked-out "Gopher bus" had a memorable experience!

Watch the video above and read more about these fans' incredible journey via Rick Moore of Rick's "Season Pass" Gopher Football blog!


By Rick Moore,'s "Season Pass": A Gopher Football Fan Blog (link)

There's one more tale I wanted to share from Houston, but I ran out of time before the flight home.

It concerns the fate of about 20 University of Minnesota students who signed on for a good old-fashioned road trip to watch the Gophers play in Houston. They boarded a coach bus at 3 p.m. last Wednesday, two days and five hours before kickoff, with the plan of arriving in Houston 20 hours later.

They were reveling in the experience--enjoying poker, war, Uno, and Xbox tournaments--when suddenly their bus pulled over to the side of the road. A belt had snapped, and after a driver's consultation, they wound up inching along at 20 mph to a truck stop a few miles away.

It was, said senior Shelby Morton, the most outspoken spokesperson for the journey, "in the middle of Nowhere, Kansas."
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These Gopher student fans had a memorable journey down to Houston for the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas!
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They weren't able to get the bus fixed right away; turns out "there was one more piece missing," Morton says, so they got to spend six hours at that truck stop socializing with the locals and the truckers, and presumably playing more games.

They eventually got on a different bus and reunited with their original, repaired coach during a break in Dallas... but there was one more delay after that.

"We had a bit of another detour to get to Houston just because it was dark, it was raining, and we missed a turn," Morton said.

They arrived at the Hyatt Regency in Houston shortly before midnight on Thursday--a half day late but not much worse for the wear.

"It was an experience. Everybody has to have a broken-down-bus trip," Morton said with a chuckle at the pregame party at Reliant Stadium. "Even though we got hung up for a few hours, it was totally worth it. I mean, we're at the game. This is awesome."

She had even more reason to smile. The students partook in a number of contests along the way, and the final one, held Friday afternoon, was for the best game "costume." Morton, sporting a shade of arguably maroon dye in her hair and wearing maroon and gold bib overalls and funky gold shoes, was declared the winner, and returned home with a 55-inch TV.

In addition, she came back with a great broken-down-bus story, another rite of passage in her collegiate journey.

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