Gophers to play in Insight Bowl again

by Marco LaNave

For the second straight year, and the third time in four years, the Gophers football team will end its season in the Insight Bowl.

Minnesota (6-6) will face Iowa State (6-6) at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., on Dec. 31.

The Gophers lost to Kansas 42-21 in the 2008 Insight Bowl and blew a 38-7 second-half lead in a 44-41 overtime loss to Texas Tech in 2006.

Iowa State last made a bowl game in 2005, when they lost to TCU in the Houston Bowl.  The Cyclones have finished 4-8, 3-9 and 2-10 the last three seasons.  This season, they finished 3-5 in the Big 12 but won at now-No. 20 Nebraska on Oct. 24.