MINNSOTA 0 3 7 7 17
ILLINOIS 3 0 0 0 3
Date of game: 11/10/2012

Recap: Illinois vs. Minnesota

Champaign, IL (Sports Network) - Donnell Kirkwood rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns as the Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini, 17-3, in a Big Ten showdown at Memorial Stadium.

Philip Nelson started under center for the Gophers (6-4, 2-4 Big Ten) and completed just 9-of-15 passes for 78 yards. With the win, Minnesota is now bowl eligible for the first time since 2009.

For Illinois (2-8, 0-6), Nathan Scheelhaase threw for 175 yards on 15-of-23 passing and Darius Millines caught four balls for 51 yards. The Illini have lost seven straight games.

Illinois put together an impressive nine-play, 89-yard drive early in the opening quarter, but it stalled in the red zone and had to settle for a 20- yard field goal from Nick Immekus to take a 3-0 lead.

Minnesota answered in the second quarter with a 20-yard field goal of its own by Jordan Wettstein, but that was all for the first half scoring. The teams combined for seven punts in the first half.

With under three minutes to play in the third quarter, Minnesota finally struck with the game's first touchdown as Kirkwood rushed into the end zone from three yards out.

Kirkwood added another touchdown, this time from 12 yards out, in the final two minutes to put the game out of reach.

Illinois was plagued by two lost fumbles on the afternoon, while Minnesota played turnover-free football.

Game Notes

NASCAR News
The Inside Line: Kyle Busch's chances of making the Chase

Kyle Busch won Sunday's road course race in Sonoma, California, but he still has a long way to go to become eligible for a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Extra Points: Bennett is far down on Seahawks' list

NFL players have a very short shelf life to make significant amounts of money so it's tough to fault anyone who has outperformed a contract when they go knocking on the door to ask for more.

Mackanin to remain Phillies interim manager

Pete Mackanin will remain interim manager of the Philadelphia Phillies for the remainder of the season, the team announced Tuesday.

Report: Thunder sign Singler to extension

The Oklahoma City Thunder have reportedly retained restricted free agent forward Kyle Singler with a five-year contract extension.

Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.