2005 Music City Bowl
|2005 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl|
|presented by Bridgestone|
|Date||December 30, 2005|
|MVP||QB Marques Hagans, Virginia|
|Favorite||Minnesota by 7 1/2|
|Payout||US$780,000 per team |
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Dave Pasch, Rod Gilmore, Trevor Matich, and Stacey Dales|
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.