Mason was fired on December 31, 2006, two days after the Gophers' epic collapse in the last 20 minutes of the Insight Bowl against Texas Tech, which saw Minnesota blow a 38–7 lead to lose 44–41 in overtime. The Tech comeback was the biggest in NCAA Division I-A postseason history.
2005 was the ninth season under head coach Glen Mason. He led the team to a 7–5 record and an appearance in the Music City Bowl. The most notable game of the season came when Minnesota defeated Michigan for the first time in 19 years to win the Little Brown Jug.
The 2006 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team received votes in the Coaches' Poll.