2005 Music City Bowl

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2005 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl
presented by Bridgestone
1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia 7 3 14 10 34
Minnesota 14 7 3 7 31
Date December 30, 2005
Season 2005
Stadium LP Field
Location Nashville, Tennessee
MVP QB Marques Hagans, Virginia
Referee Bill Athan[1]
Attendance 40,519 [2]
Payout US$780,000 per team [3]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Music City Bowl
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The 2005 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl (presented by Bridgestone) was a college football bowl game played between the Virginia Cavaliers and the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Game overview[edit]

Minnesota opened the scoring with a 7 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bryan Cupito to wide receiver Justin Valentine. Bryan Cupito found tight end Ernest Wheelright for a 44 yard touchdown pass and a 14-0 Minnesota lead. Marques Hagans threw a 6 yard touchdown pass to Deyon Williams to get UVA within 7, 14-7. That accounted for the first quarter scoring.

In the second quarter, Cupito found wide receiver Jared Ellerson for a 57 yard touchdown pass and a 21-7 Minnesota lead. With no time left in the half, Virginia kicker Connor Hughes kicked a 32 yard field goal to get UVA to 21-10. Opening the third quarter, Wali Lundy scored on a 7 yard touchdown run to make the score 21-17.

Minnesota's Joel Monroe kicked a 39 yard field goal to give Minnesota a 24-17 advantage. With 4 minutes left in the third quarter, Marques Hagans found Fontel Mines for a 2 yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 24. In the fourth quarter, Bryan Cupito threw a 23 yard touchdown pass to Jared Ellerson to give the Gophers a 31-24 lead. Wali Lundy tied it a 31, with a 2 yard touchdown run. With 1:08 left in the game, Connor Hughes kicked the game-winning 39 yard field goal to make the final score 34-31.

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