Gophers To Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
Minnesota coach Jerry Kill and the Gophers will play in their first January bowl game since 1962.
Dec. 7, 2014

Gophers Bowl Central: Official Travel Packages and Ticket Information

The University of Minnesota has accepted an invitation to play Missouri in the 2015 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. The game is scheduled for a 12 p.m. CST kickoff in Orlando, Fla., and will be televised nationally by ABC.

The game will mark Minnesota's first appearance in the historic Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl and it is the first time that Minnesota will play a bowl game in January in Florida. The Gophers last played in a January bowl game in 1962 when they beat UCLA 21-3 on Jan. 1, in the Rose Bowl.

The Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl will be Minnesota's 17th bowl game all-time, but it will be only the second time that the Gophers will play in Florida. Minnesota previously played in the MicronPC.com Bowl on Dec. 28, 2000.

Fans wishing to cheer on the Gophers in Orlando are encouraged to visit Minnesota's Bowl Central page on MyGopherSports.com for ticket and official travel package information. Official travel packages are available now, while game tickets will be available for purchase starting at 9 a.m. on Dec. 8. Fans can also buy tickets from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Athletics Ticket Office in Mariucci Arena or over the phone by calling 612-624-8080 or 1-800-846-7437.

The Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl is the third straight bowl game that Minnesota will play in under coach Jerry Kill. Minnesota has played in three straight bowl games one time before, as it played in five straight bowl games from 2002-2006 under former coach Glen Mason. Kill joins Mason as only the second Minnesota coach ever to take the Gophers to three straight bowl games.

Minnesota is 3-4-1 all-time against Missouri, but has not faced the Tigers since 1970. The Gophers posted wins in 1943, 1944 and 1945, while they lost to the Tigers in 1961, 1965, 1966 and 1970. Minnesota and Missouri played in a 0-0 tie to begin the 1962 season.


 

 

Minnesota, led by Big Ten Coach of the Year Jerry Kill, heads to the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl with an 8-4 record. A bowl win would give Minnesota its ninth win this season, which would be the eighth time in program history that the Gophers hit that milestone and second time in the last 109 years (Gophers won at least 9 games in 2003, 1905, 1904, 1903, 1902, 1901 and 1900).

The Gophers, who were picked to finish fifth in the Big Ten West in a preseason media poll, have put together back-to-back eight win seasons under Kill. It is the first time that Minnesota has posted consecutive eight win seasons since 2002 (8 wins) and 2003 (10 wins). This is also only the fifth time since 1906 that Minnesota has won eight games in consecutive seasons (1934-35, 1940-41 and 1960-61).

Minnesota's offense is led by All-Big Ten selections David Cobb and Maxx Williams and is anchored by an experienced offensive line that has a combined 164 starts.

Cobb has rushed 293 times this year and set a single-season Minnesota record of 1,545 rushing yards. He has seven 100-yard games and two 200-yard games en route to scoring 13 touchdowns. A punishing and strong runner, Cobb's 2,812 career rushing yards rank seventh all-time in program history.

Williams became only the third sophomore ever to be named a John Mackey Award finalist. The 6-4, 250-pound tight end leads Minnesota in receptions (29), receiving yards (471), receiving touchdowns (7) and is fourth in yards-per-reception (16.2). His seven touchdowns are a single-season record for a Gopher tight end and tie him for most receiving touchdowns by a sophomore in school history. Twenty-three of his 29 catches have resulted in either a touchdown or first down. Williams, who was named the Kwalick-Clark Big Ten Tight End of the Year, also became Minnesota's first Academic All-America First Team selection since 1994.

The Gopher defense is one of the best in the nation at creating turnovers, as Minnesota has recovered 15 fumbles and made 13 interceptions. Linebacker Damien Wilson paces the team in tackles (111), tackles-for-loss (10.5) and sacks (4.0). All-Big Ten selections Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Eric Murray are formidable corners who have combined for five interceptions and 15 pass breakups. Fifth-year senior Cameron Botticelli helps control the defensive line and has notched 28 tackles, nine tackles-for-loss and three sacks.  

Missouri is 10-3 overall and played Alabama in the SEC championship game after winning the SEC East.

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