2003 Sun Bowl

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2003 Wells Fargo Sun Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 0 14 14 3 31
Oregon 0 17 7 6 30
Date December 31, 2003
Season 2003
Stadium Sun Bowl Stadium
Location El Paso, Texas
Referee Steve Shaw (SEC)
Payout US$1.45 million per team[1]
United States TV coverage
Network CBS
Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Todd Blackledge
and Jill Arrington
Sun Bowl
 < 2002  2004

The 2003 Wells Fargo Sun Bowl featured the Minnesota Golden Gophers, and the Oregon Ducks, a rematch of the 1999 Sun Bowl.

After a scoreless first quarter, Oregon quarterback Kellen Clemens passed to wide receiver Dante Rosario for a 19 yard touchdown pass, giving Oregon an early 7-0 lead. Minnesota used its power running game to answer back, as they pouded the ball down the field, and capped off the drive with a yard run by fullback Thomas Tapeh, knotting the game at 7-7. Samie Parker, who had a monster game with over 200 yards receiving, caught an 18 yarder from Clemens, putting Oregon up 14-7.

Minnesota continued to utilize its running game, and Tapeh rushed for his second 1 yarder of the game again tying the game at 14. Jared Siegel's 30 yard field goal before halftime gave the Ducks a 17-14 half time lead. In the third quarter Tapeh recorded his third rushing touchdown of the game, with a 6 yarder, giving Minnesota its first lead at 21-17.

Oregon responded by Samie Parker catching his second touchdown reception of the game, a 40 yarder from Clemens, his third touchdown pass of the game, and Oregon reclaimed the lead 24-21. Lawrence Maroney rushed for a 22 yard touchdown later in the quarter giving Minnesota a 28-24 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Jared Siegel connected on a 32 yard field goal to pull Oregon to within 28-27. His last field goal, a 47 yarder with less than 5 minutes left in the game, gave Oregon a 30-28 lead. Minnesota's kicker, Rhys Lloyd kicked a 42 yard field goal, giving Minnesota a 31-30 win.

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