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Citrus Bowl Final Score: Missouri Tigers 33, Minnesota Gophers 17

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Gophers had their chances, but in the end they couldn't take advantage.

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

The bowl game problems continue. There have been many exciting moments for Minnesota fans but even more moments that make you shake your head and grumble. Truly an odd game for me. I'm not sure that I'm capable of giving a great summary of this game without some time to breathe.

I must try however, so here are my quick thoughts:

- As I'm typing, the Gophers just missed another tackle and gave up a huge run on a series when they had to have a stop. There were just too many moments today when the defense didn't quite get it done. Especially in the run game.

- What's frustrating about that is that early in the game the defense was dominating. Also frustrating is that it's not like the defense was getting rolled all the time as things turned (though they've been getting rolled plenty). They were often in the right place at the right time and would simply fail to make the play or fail to make the play soon enough.

- Special teams, usually the strong point for the Gophers, has been a nightmare overall. Peter Mortell wasn't punting well (though it never ended up hurting the Gophers badly). Missouri was able to convert a FAT GUY fake punt direct snap and an onside kick to open the 2nd half.

- What Matt said.

- The Gophers played fast and loose with fumbles on offense much of the game, and twice it hurt them badly.

- It's not all bad though. On the whole, Mitch was fantastic. As of the time I type this he is completing 70% of his passes.

- Well, if forced to choose I agree with Andy. Still hate sucking at bowls though.

- There will be a lot to talk about after this one. This was a completely winnable game, but Minnesota found about every way possible to lose.

- Going to end on a high note because I there were some truly great moments today and I don't want them to be forgotten. Especially this one. Heart you Maxx!

No matter what...

GO GOPHERS!