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Gophers grab bowl victory despite having a losing record

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   DETROIT (AP) -- Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner ran 13 yards for a touchdown with 4:26 remaining, and the Golden Gophers held on for a 21-14 win over Central Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl on Monday night.
   Minnesota (6-7) ended a trying season on a positive note. Coach Jerry Kill retired in late October because of continued difficulty managing his epilepsy and his job. The Gophers were 5-7 after the regular season but were able to play on because not enough teams reached six wins to fill all the bowls.
   All three teams that went to bowls at 5-7 -- Minnesota, Nebraska and San Jose State -- ended up winning them.
   Central Michigan (7-6) took a 14-13 lead with 11:08 remaining on a 13-yard touchdown run by Romello Ross. Minnesota responded by driving 74 yards in 13 plays.
   Leidner ran for the go-ahead touchdown, then threw to KJ Maye for a 2-point conversion.

The Big Ten is now 1-1 in the bowl season. Indiana lost in overtime to Duke, 44-41. 

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