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AP photo Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner (7) rushes for a gain as Syracuse's Jeremi Wilkes (28) reaches to tackle him during the second quarter of the Texas Bowl on Friday in Houston.

Gophers fall to Syracuse

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HOUSTON — Syracuse coach Scott Shafer wishes his team could have held its big lead over Minnesota and cruised to an easy win in the Texas Bowl on Friday night.

But he found it fitting that the Orange had to eke out the victory considering the number of close games they played this season.

Terrel Hunt scrambled 12 yards for a touchdown with 1:14 remaining to lift Syracuse to a 21-17 victory over the Golden Gophers.

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