Led by NFL prospects, Minnesota rolls past Georgia Tech 34-10 in Quick Lane Bowl
With Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson announcing prior to the Quick Lane Bowl that he would be stepping away from the game after this season, his legacy was one of dominant storylines leading up to Wednesday's kickoff against Minnesota.
With exciting young coach P.J. Fleck leading the upstart Gophers -- one of the nation's youngest teams -- past Johnson and the favored Yellow Jackets, however, the narrative of the Quick Lane Bowl quickly shifted to the future, rather than the past.
That perfectly suits NFL scouts, who were treated to noteworthy performances by several of the victories Gophers, including star junior wide receiver Tyler Johnson, who tied and then set a new school record with his 11th and 12th receiving touchdowns of the season.
Johnson only caught two other passes on the day, finishing with a relatively pedestrian four grabs for 57 yards in Minnesota's 34-10 win.
But the 6-foot-1, 200 pounder showed on his two touchdown grabs why he's rising among junior receivers on NFLDraftScout.com's board, demonstrating the light feet and savvy to defeat tight man to man coverage on his first score...
...as well as the tracking skills and body control to finish on his second.
Johnson's splashy scores stole the spotlight, at times, but Minnesota beat Georgia Tech by controlling the line of scrimmage, out-rushing the option-based Yellow Jackets.
Freshman running back Mohamed Ibrahim was the primary benefactor, exploding for a career-high 224 yards and two scores, both of them in the second half as Minnesota pulled away.
Ibrahim (5-10, 205 pounds) and fellow freshman Daniel Faalele, a massive right tackle listed at 6-9, 400 pounds, are other young players already capturing the attention of scouts.