Texas Tech Wins Gator Bowl

By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2008 8:27 PM CST
Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach holds the Gator Bowl trophy after his team beat Virginia during the Gator Bowl college football game, Tuesday Jan. 1, 2008 in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Red Raiders rallied from a 28-14 fourth-quarter deficit to beat Virginia 31-28 in the Gator Bowl today, the AP reports. The comeback was capped by Alex Trlica's game-winning 41-yard field goal with 7 seconds left on the clock. QB Graham Harrell broke multiple Gator Bowl records with his 407-yard, 44-for-69 performance.

The Raiders saw multiple drives sputter out short of goal, and survived damaging penalties, before finding the end zone twice in the fourth quarter, including a 4-yard return of a costly Virginia turnover that tied proceedings at 28. The Cavaliers were hindered by the loss of Jameel Sewell at the start of that quarter, as the QB suffered a game-ending leg injury.