GAMEDAY College Football

Illinois 26, Minnesota 14

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

By GAVIN GOOD
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Chase Brown rushed for 180 yards on a career-high 41 carries and caught a 40-yard touchdown pass, Minnesota was limited to its fewest yards in five years, and No. 24 Illinois won its sixth straight game with a 26-14 victory.

The Illini (6-1, 3-1) became bowl eligible for the first time since 2019 and will end the day tied for first in the Big Ten West.

Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 127 yards, his nation-leading 14th straight 100-yard game and the bulk of the Gophers' 180 total yards. It was the fewest yards against Illinois by a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent since at least 2000.

Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan, held to just 21 yards on 4-for-12 passing, left early in the fourth quarter after taking a hit to the head. Athan Kaliakmanis entered for the Gophers (4-2, 1-2) and was intercepted twice.

Illinois quarterback Tommy DeVito, back from an ankle injury that forced him out of last week's game at Iowa in the first half, ran for a 5-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to put the Illini up 20-14. He completed 25 of 32 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown.

Brown went over 1,000 yards rushing for a second straight year with his eighth straight 100-yard game. He now has 13 100-yard games, second most at Illinois behind Robert Holcombe's 16 from 1994-97.

Brown got wide open on a wheel route for his 40-yard touchdown to finish Illinois' nine-play, 75-yard drive to open the game. Fabrizio Pinton tacked on a 31-yard field goal to give the Illini a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Pinton connected from 23 yards in the third and from 30 yards in the fourth to extend Illinois' lead.

Ibrahim was about all Minnesota had going offensively. The Gophers were just 2 of 7 on third downs and finished with their fewest yards since gaining 133 against Ohio State in 2017.

No opponent had scored a touchdown at Memorial Stadium this season before Morgan's 9-yard run in the middle of the second quarter. The play capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive the Gophers were unable to replicate the rest of the game.

Quentin Redding's 92-yard return of the second-half kickoff set up Ibrahim's 4-yard touchdown, which gave the Gophers a brief 14-13 lead.

THE TAKEAWAY

Minnesota: Just as Ibrahim returns from an injury, Morgan exits. The extent of the sixth-year quarterback's injury could factor heavily into how the Gophers finish.

Illinois: The Illini have won six straight home games, four in a row against Big Ten West oponents and are out to their best start since 2011. With DeVito healthy, the Illini could be favored in each remaining game except for a Nov. 19 trip to No. 5 Michigan.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MinnIll
Ill TD 10:56 Chase Brown 40 yard TD pass from Tommy DeVito (Fabrizio Pinton Extra Point) 0 7
Second Quarter MinnIll
Ill FG 13:06 Fabrizio Pinton 31 yard field goal 0 10
Minn TD 8:30 Tanner Morgan 9 yard TD run (Matthew Trickett Extra Point) 7 10
Ill FG 0:20 Fabrizio Pinton 23 yard field goal 7 13
Third Quarter MinnIll
Minn TD 14:34 Mohamed Ibrahim 4 yard TD run (Matthew Trickett Extra Point) 14 13
Ill TD 11:45 Tommy DeVito 5 yard TD run (Fabrizio Pinton Extra Point) 14 20
Fourth Quarter MinnIll
Ill FG 13:02 Fabrizio Pinton 23 yard field goal 14 23
Ill FG 3:22 Fabrizio Pinton 30 yard field goal 14 26
Team Stats
  Minnesota Illinois
First downs 14 27
  Rushing 8 13
  Passing 3 13
  Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Efficiency 3-7, 43% 7-18, 39%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 4-4, 100%
Rushes-Yards 24-142 54-220
Passing Yards 38 252
Return Yards 168 17
Completions-Attempts-Int 6-18-3 25-32-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-14 0-0
Punts 4 3
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 2-20 6-56
Minnesota Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Morgan 4 12 21 0 1
A. Kaliakmanis 2 6 17 0 2
Illinois Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. DeVito 25 32 252 1 0
Minnesota Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Ibrahim 15 127 8.5 1
T. Morgan 6 23 3.8 1
A. Kaliakmanis 2 -6 -3.0 0
Illinois Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Brown 41 180 4.4 0
C. Hayden 6 28 4.7 0
T. DeVito 3 17 5.7 1
I. Williams 2 0 0.0 0
R. Love III 1 -3 -3.0 0
Minnesota Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Spann-Ford 4 32 8.0 0
D. Jackson 1 4 4.0 0
M. Ibrahim 1 2 2.0 0
Illinois Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
I. Williams 9 62 6.9 0
P. Bryant 7 58 8.3 0
B. Hightower 3 55 18.3 0
C. Brown 3 53 17.7 1
C. Washington 2 16 8.0 0
T. Reiman 1 8 8.0 0
Minnesota Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Illinois Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Smith 1 0
J. Martin 1 0
S. Brown 1 0
Minnesota Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Crawford 4 160 40.0
Illinois Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
H. Robertson 3 119 39.7
Minnesota Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Illinois Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
H. Beatty 1 -1 -1.0
Minnesota Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Q. Redding 4 134 33.5
C. Geary 1 17 17.0
D. LeCaptain 1 17 17.0
Illinois Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
P. Vining 1 18 18.0
Minnesota Missed FG
Player Length
Illinois Missed FG
Player Length




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