Thompson satisfied with performance in Meineke Bowl
Calipatria High graduate Cedric Thompson and his Minnesota Golden Gophers fell to the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Meineke Bowl, 34-31. (IVP FILE PHOTO / January 5, 2013)
“We are definitely proud of our effort. We prepared really well for Texas Tech and we knew we were going to execute,” said former Calipatria Hornet and Gopher sophomore free safety Cedric Thompson.
Thompson proved to be a leader on defense, tying Brock Vereen for the team lead with five solo tackles and registering two assists.
“Going against them we knew that we had to rotate guys because they threw the ball around and we got tired,” Thompson said. “All of us rotated and I knew that I had to make the best out of my opportunities I was given.”
Thompson had no penalty flags thrown against him, a rarity for a safety these days but Texas Tech’s 13 penalties for 135 yards were the most ever against a Minnesota bowl opponent and probably set a Meineke Car Care Bowl record.
“I was actually surprised at how many flags they were getting but they were a very physical team and sometimes that’s just a part of the game,” Thompson said.
Minnesota ended the season with a 6-7 record but Thompson believes and the consensus seems to be that coach Jerry Kill and his players are going in the right direction.
“Last year we were 3-9 and this year we made it to a bowl and there were plenty of games we lost that we should have won,” Thompson said. “But with us being a young team we still have a lot to learn and that’s why we’ll be better next year.”