Mohamed Ibrahim took full advantage of holes his teammates created to burst through the line or get to the outside.
And when defenders were in Ibrahim’s way, he simply lowered his shoulder to run over them.
Ibrahim ran for career-high 224 yards and two touchdowns, leading Minnesota to a 34-10 victory over Georgia Tech on Wednesday in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit.
The Golden Gophers (7-6) won three of their last four games, and Ibrahim had a lot to do with that. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound redshirt freshman had 121 yards rushing in a win at Wisconsin that made Minnesota bowl eligible and ran for 155 yards last month in a victory over Purdue.
“He’s not the biggest, strongest or fastest,” head coach P.J. Fleck said. “He has that too short, too small, too this, king of the toos, which is right up my alley. This kid’s got more heart, passion, courage and plays the game the right way more than anybody I’ve ever met.”
The Yellow Jackets (7-6) did not have the speed or strength to slow down Ibrahim, who was so effective that Minnesota didn not punt. And, their triple-option offense was stunted in head coach Paul Johnson’s finale.
“They did pretty much whatever they wanted,” said Johnson, who is retiring. “We never stopped the run and then we let them throw it over our head a couple of times.
“I wasn’t expecting that, but that’s life, and you move on.”
The Gophers limited Georgia Tech to 206 yards on the ground after it led the nation with 335 yards rushing per game.
Boise State-Boston College canceled: No. 23 Boise State’s first appearance at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas turned into what is believed to be the first bowl game called off because of weather.
The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl between the Broncos (10-3) and Boston College (7-5) was canceled because of the threat of severe weather after a delay of nearly 1½ hours.
The game was stopped with BC leading 7-0 with 5:08 remaining in the first quarter. The delay came not long after AJ Dillon’s 18-yard scoring run.
Hawaii’s planned second postseason game of 1941, against San Jose State, was canceled because of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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