Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Eastern Illinois Panthers Recap - Golden Gophers Win 42-20

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Eastern Illinois Panthers Recap - Golden Gophers Win 42-20

Minnesota cruised to victory on Thursday, as they ran up a 42-20 score against Eastern Illinois in Week 1 action at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Golden Gophers were a -17-point favorite in the win, and managed to turn a profit for their supporters. The combined score dipped UNDER the total, which closed at 63.

Mitch Leidner completed 9 of 17 pass attempts for 144 yards for the Golden Gophers in the win.

Jalen Whitlow rushed for 77 yards for Eastern Illinois, while Shepard Little added 16 yards. Andrew Manley threw for 200 yards for the Panthers, while receivers Adam Drake and Stephen Bravo-Brown had 109 and 66 yards respectively.

Eastern Illinois outgained Minnesota 409-338 yards in the game, while the battle of first downs was won 27-18 by the Panthers.

The time of possession battle favored Minnesota as their offense was on the field for 30:09, longer than the 29:51 of their opponents.

Minnesota looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against Middle Tennessee. Eastern Illinois will aim to get back on the winning track at Ohio.