Dallas Colleges: Michael Carter

Instant analysis: Texas Tech 34, Minn. 31

December, 29, 2012
12/29/12
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This Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas wasn't a pretty one. A fun first half gave way to a lackluster second half until the final minutes, when Texas Tech's offense shook awake and rallied for a 34-31 victory over Minnesota with a Ryan Bustin field goal in the final seconds.

Tempers boiled for much of the game, which is pretty rare in a contest between two teams with absolutely no history and few if any links among players on the rosters. Officials didn't do a great job of keeping the peace.

The Big 12 moved to 2-0 in bowl games, and the Big Ten fell to 0-1 with the loss in its postseason opener.

It was over when: Bustin busted a 28-yard field goal through the uprights to complete an unlikely comeback in the final minutes, much as Texas Tech did back in the 2006 Insight Bowl. This one was a whole lot less dramatic than the FBS bowl-record 31-point, second-half comeback of that postseason meeting with the Golden Gophers, but Seth Doege made it a ballgame when he hit Eric Ward on a short slant that turned into a 35-yard, game-tying score when the safety help went absent.

Game ball goes to: Red Raiders wide receiver Darrin Moore. There weren't a ton of truly standout performances, but Moore caught a game-high 11 balls for 84 yards.

Stat of the game: This game was chippy from start to finish. A few media members on hand reported that there was some simmering tension after a contentious rodeo contest earlier in the week (which is just as silly as it sounds) -- and it showed up on the field. Nine personal fouls (five for Texas Tech, four for Minnesota) were handed out, and at one point, Minnesota faced a third-and-49 because of personal fouls. Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro was also ejected for throwing a punch. More on that later.

Stat of the game II: Texas Tech's interception on third down in the final minute to set up the game-winning score was its first forced turnover since Oct. 20. Before that, Texas Tech had been minus-12 in turnover margin in its previous five-plus games.

Unsung hero of the game: Cornerback Michael Carter, Minnesota. He picked off Doege twice and made five tackles to help Minnesota's defense pitch a shutout in the first 28 minutes and 50 seconds of the second half.

Second-guessing: Amaro's decision-making. Texas Tech's Jakeem Grant fumbled what was nearly a go-ahead touchdown out of bounds, but Amaro made it worse by punching a defender he had pinned on the ground. Even worse? He did so right in front of an official, who flagged him for a 15-yard penalty and forced Tech into a third-and-goal from the 16. The eventual result was a blocked field goal; Minnesota took a 31-24 lead with a touchdown on the ensuing drive. Amaro didn't help his case by clearly complaining on the sideline and leaving the field while signaling "Guns Up" to the fans.

What Texas Tech learned: New coach Kliff Kingsbury has his work cut out for him. Texas Tech's offense struggled in the second half and the team looked undisciplined for all 60 minutes. The Red Raiders didn't score in the second half until the final 70 seconds. Kingsbury is right when he says the program is far from broken, but it obviously needs to be broken of some bad habits developed down the stretch in 2012. It struggled to turn red zone opportunities into touchdowns, and silly penalties hurt Texas Tech all night. The Red Raiders were clearly the better team and showed it with the victory, which came despite a very poor performance and mistakes throughout. A few minutes of solid offense in the second half were enough to win this one, but it won't be enough to win many games in the Big 12 once Kingsbury takes over.

What Minnesota learned: Bowl games mean even more pain and another rough finish for the Golden Gophers, who lost their final three games of the season. Quarterback Philip Nelson showed a lot of promise for the future, but his late interception set up the Red Raiders' winning field goal. Minnesota has now lost five consecutive bowl games, and hasn't won one since the 2004 Music City Bowl.

SMU announces 2010 Hall of Fame Class

March, 2, 2010
3/02/10
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SMU announced its 2010 Athletics Hall of Fame class on Tuesday. The class includes Kajsa Bergqvist, Raymond Berry, Michael Carter, Jerry Heidenreich and Jon Koncak. All five will be honored at a dinner and ceremony on May 7 at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

SMU released these bios on the inductees:

* Kajsa Bergqvist ('99) - 1997 & 1999 NCAA high jump champion; Co-holder of the collegiate outdoor record (1.95m); Olympic bronze medalist; World and European champion; World indoor record holder (2.08m); Swedish record holder (2.06m).

* Raymond Berry ('55) - Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame; One of six Mustang football players to have his jersey retired; Caught then-NFL-record 631 passes for 9,275 yards, 68 touchdowns in 13 seasons; All-NFL in 1958, 1959 & 1960; Elected to six Pro Bowls; Coached the New England Patriots to an AFC Championship and Super Bowl XX.

* Michael Carter ('84) - A two-sport star; Is the only athlete to win an Olympic medal and a Super Bowl ring in the same year ('84); Three-time Pro Bowler and three-time Super Bowl winner; Won four indoor and three outdoor NCAA shot put championships; Won the silver medal in the shot at the 1984 Olympics; Played nine years with the San Francisco 49ers; Set the national high school record of 81 feet 3 inches in the shot - No high school athlete has come within five feet of this record since.

* Jerry Heidenreich ('72) - Set 17 school records and was an NCAA 200-yard freestyle champion; 23-time All-American; Won two gold medals, one silver and one bronze at the 1972 Olympics; Set six American records and six World Records; Member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

* Jon Koncak ('85) - One of two Mustang men's basketball players to have his jersey retired; One of two consensus basketball All-Americans from SMU; Led the Mustangs to two NCAA Tournaments; Led the team in scoring his final three years while team compiled a 67-29 record in that span; Team spent the entire 1984-85 season in the Associated Press top-25, reaching as high as No. 2; Member of the gold-medal winning 1984 U.S. Olympic team; First-round selection of the Atlanta Hawks in the 1985 NBA Draft; Had a 12-year NBA career.

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