Minnesota head football coach P.J. Fleck argues with officials during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

The University of Minnesota has accepted an invitation to play Georgia Tech in the 2018 Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26. The game will be played at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich., and is scheduled for a 4:15 p.m. CT kickoff and will be televised by ESPN.

The game will mark Minnesota’s second appearance in the Quick Lane Bowl and will be the Gophers’ 20th bowl game all-time. Minnesota beat Central Michigan 21-14 in the 2015 Quick Lane Bowl.

Minnesota and Georgia Tech have never played, but the Gophers have played 21 games against current ACC members. The Gophers are 14-7 in those games, which includes a 9-3 mark against its most-played opponent Pittsburgh.

Minnesota’s three most recent games against an ACC team have all come against Syracuse. The Gophers beat the Orange 23-20 in overtime on the road in 2009 and 17-10 at home in 2012. Syracuse topped Minnesota 21-17 in the 2013 Texas Bowl, which was also the last time the Gophers played an ACC team.

Minnesota finished the season with a 6-6 record and earned a bowl berth after beating rival Wisconsin 37-15 on the road in the final game of the season. In doing so, the Gophers reclaimed Paul Bunyan’s Axe and beat the Badgers for the first time since 2003 and won at Wisconsin for the first time since 1994.

Georgia Tech finished the season 7-5 overall and was 5-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Yellow Jackets won four of their final five games to earn a bowl berth.

MEN’S BASKETBALL
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Andre Wesson scored 16 points, Kaleb Wesson had 15 and No. 16 Ohio State beat Minnesota 79-59 on Sunday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

C.J. Jackson and Musa Jallow each added 11 points, and Duane Washington Jr., and Kyle Young had 10 apiece to help the Buckeyes improve to 7-1.

Amir Coffey led Minnesota (6-2) with 19 points, and Dupree McBrayer added 13.

Cold shooting and bad rebounding put Minnesota in a big early hole. The Gophers failed to grab an offensive rebound in the first 10 minutes of the game.

BIG PICTURE

Ohio State dominated every aspect from scoring to rebounding, and overwhelmed its Big Ten rival from the start. Minnesota struggled to find the basket up close and at a distance, and never challenged.

UP NEXT

Minnesota: Hosts Nebraska on Wednesday night.

Ohio State: Faces Illinois at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday night.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MINNEAPOLIS — Leading by three early in the fourth quarter, No. 20 Minnesota embarked on a 25-4 to put away Air Force (4-4) Sunday afternoon at Williams Arena with a 67-50 victory. With the win, the Gophers are now 7-0 for the second straight season and the fourth time in program history.

Senior Kenisha Bell led all scorers with a season-high 27 points and came a rebound shy of a double-double for the third straight contest. She also had a season-high six steals, a pair of assists and one blocked shot. She scored 12 points alone in the second quarter, the most points by a Gopher in any quarter this year. It was her fourth 20-point game this season, and she’s the only Gopher to reach double figures in every game this season.

With Sunday’s performance, Bell has now cracked the top-15 on Minnesota’s career scoring list. Her 1,292 career points have moved her past Ashley Ellis-Milan (1,281) for 15th place.

Junior Taiye Bello finished with 18 rebounds for the second consecutive game, 10 of which came in the first quarter. It was the fourth game this year where Bello had at least 18 rebounds. After Thursday’s 18-rebound outing Thursday night against No. 12 Syracuse, Bello was one of two players in the country, and the only one from a Power 5 Conference, to have three games with at least 18 rebounds.

Tied at 11 after the first quarter, Minnesota dominated in the second quarter as it outscored the Falcons 19-5. It was the fewest points allowed by the Gophers in any quarter this season, giving them a 30-16 lead at the break. The 16 Air Force points also tied for the fewest scored by an opponent in a half this year.

Minnesota’s lead grew to 36-16 coming out of intermission, but Air Force responded with a 14-1 run to make it a 37-30 game with just under three minutes to play in the third.

The Gophers led by 10 entering the fourth quarter, but the Falcons scored the first seven points of the final frame to trail 42-39 with 7:55 to play. That would be as close as Air Force would get, though, as Minnesota responded emphatically with a 25-4 run over the next 5:50 to put the game away.

The run started when Bello grabbed one of here nine offensive rebounds and made the put-back layup. She was one of five Gophers to score during the stretch, including Bell, who had six straight points after Bello’s layup. Sophomore Destiny Pitts scored seven of her season-high 16 points during the run, while junior Jasmine Brunson had five of her nine points and senior Annalese Lamke scored three of her seven points.

Minnesota’s 54 rebounds were a season high, including 19 offensive rebounds resulting in 11 second-chance points. The Gophers also had a season-high 13 steals, which contributed to 23 points off turnovers.

Minnesota wraps up its six-game homestand on Wednesday with a matinee matchup against Incarnate Word.

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