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Recap - Golden Gophers Defeat Illinois 17-3

Donnell Kirkwood tore up the turf for 152 rushing yards on Saturday to lead the Golden Gophers to a 17-3 win over the Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium.

Minnesota was a favorite by 2.5 points and came through with an ATS victory for bettors. The game went UNDER the consensus closing total of 45.5.

Philip Nelson completed 9 of 15 pass attempts for 78 yards for the Golden Gophers in the win. He did not throw an interception in the game.

Donovonn Young rushed for 42 yards for Illinois, while Nathan Scheelhaase added 24 yards. Nathan Scheelhaase threw for 175 yards for the Fighting Illini, while receivers Spencer Harris and Darius Millines had 57 and 51 yards respectively.

Illinois was outgained by Minnesota 309-276 yards in Saturday's match, while the important battle of first downs was won 18-13 by the Golden Gophers.

The time of possession battle favored Minnesota as their offense was on the field for 34:26, longer than the 25:34 of their opponents.

Next game, Minnesota takes its act on the road to face Nebraska looking for another win. For Illinois, they head home to face Purdue.