GAMEDAY College Football

Illinois 14, Minnesota 6

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Chase Brown rushed 33 times for 150 yards, and the Illinois defense delivered six sacks and two interceptions of Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan on the way to a 14-6 victory.

Kerby Joseph picked off Morgan at the Illini 45-yard line with 38 seconds left to halt the too-little-too-late rally by the Gophers (6-3, 4-2), whose four-game winning streak that catapulted them into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West Division was stopped cold.

Morgan scored on a fourth-and-1 bootleg with 4:56 to go after going 7 for 8 for 68 yards on that drive to pull the Gophers within one score.

The Illini (4-6, 3-4) finished the game with seven consecutive punts, except for a kneel-down at the end of each half, but Brown moved the chains with a 7-yard run off left tackle on third-and-4 near midfield around the 3-minute mark. Blake Hayes pooched his last punt to land it at the 2, leaving only 1:12 remaining and no timeouts for Morgan and the Gophers.

After a 38-yard strike to Dylan Wright, Morgan was taken down for an 11-yard sack by Isaiah Gay so hard the Illini linebacker hurt himself on the play.

The damage was done much earlier by the Illinois defense, which constantly pressured Morgan and forced him out of the pocket. Ky Thomas had 16 carries for 60 yards, but the Gophers again failed to find a rhythm with the ball. Morgan was sacked by Owen Carney Jr. on fourth-and-6 at the 22 to end that drive in the third quarter.

Meanwhile, the Illini were beating them at their own game. Brandon Peters attempted a season-low nine passes, but he was as sharp as he needed to be with seven completions for 80 yards and a touchdown to help Illinois keep hope of bowl game eligibility alive.

Illinois played a flawless first quarter, matching Minnesota's per-game average allowance with 93 rushing yards. Seth Coleman provided the spark by tipping Morgan's third-down pass at the line, deflecting the ball toward fellow linebacker Tarique Barnes for an interception near midfield to thwart a promising opening possession for the Gophers.

Wide receiver Isaiah Williams scored on a 2-yard jet sweep to finish a strong response to the turnover. Then after forcing a three-and-out, the Illini cruised from their own 9 to reach the end zone again on the first play of the second quarter. With a bootleg rollout to his right, Peters threw to a wide-open tight end Tip Reiman from 15 yards out.

The Illini just sat on their two-touchdown lead after that, and their defense was so relentless they just got away with the play-it-safe game.

The Gophers had a fourth-and-1 run stopped for no gain at the Illinois 22. Later in the first half, Matthew Trickett pulled a 45-yard field goal wide left. Trickett missed a his extra-point try in the fourth quarter, too, as the Gophers fell to 1-18 under coach P.J. Fleck when trailing at halftime. Their only such win was last month at Purdue.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter IllMinn
Ill TD 8:15 Isaiah Williams 2 yd run (James McCourt kick) 7 0
Second Quarter IllMinn
Ill TD 14:55 Tip Reiman 15 yd pass from Brandon Peters (James McCourt kick) 14 0
Fourth Quarter IllMinn
Minn TD 4:49 Tanner Morgan 1 yd run (missed kick) 14 6
Team Stats
  Illinois Minnesota
First downs 17 20
  Rushing 13 7
  Passing 4 10
  Penalty 0 3
3rd Down Efficiency 5-12, 42% 3-13, 23%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 1-3, 33%
Rushes-Yards 48-185 35-89
Passing Yards 80 200
Return Yards 18 23
Completions-Attempts-Int 7-10-0 16-30-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--7 6--31
Punts 7 4
Punts-Average 43.7 44.8
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 7-72 4-35
Time of Possession 30:20 29:40
Illinois Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Peters 7 9 80 1 0
C. Griffin 0 1 0 0 0
Minnesota Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Morgan 15 28 180 0 2
C. Kramer 1 1 20 0 0
Illinois Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Brown 33 150 4.5 0
B. Peters 6 18 3.0 0
J. McCray 3 9 3.0 0
I. Williams 3 8 2.7 1
J. Norwood 1 2 2.0 0
Minnesota Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Thomas 16 60 3.8 0
M. Irving 5 26 5.2 0
C. Kramer 4 20 5.0 0
T. Morgan 10 -17 -1.7 1
Illinois Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Washington 1 23 23.0 0
M. Marchese 1 15 15.0 0
T. Reiman 1 15 15.0 1
C. Sandy 1 9 9.0 0
D. Barker 1 8 8.0 0
C. Brown 1 6 6.0 0
I. Williams 1 4 4.0 0
Minnesota Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Spann-Ford 5 58 11.6 0
D. Wright 2 46 23.0 0
C. Autman-Bell 1 24 24.0 0
M. Brown-Stephens 3 22 7.3 0
K. Kieft 1 20 20.0 0
K. Thomas 3 19 6.3 0
D. Jackson 1 11 11.0 0
Illinois Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Joseph 1 12
T. Barnes 1 6
Minnesota Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Illinois Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Hayes 7 306 43.7
Minnesota Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Crawford 4 179 44.8
Illinois Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Minnesota Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Annexstad 2 23 11.5
Illinois Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Minnesota Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Illinois Missed FG
Player Length
Minnesota Missed FG
Player Length
M. Trickett 45




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