CHAMPAIGN, Ailing. (AP) — Canadian Chase Brown rushed for 180 yards on a career-high 41 carries and caught a 40-yard landing go, Minnesota was restricted to its fewest yards in 5 years, and No. 24 Illinois gained its fifth straight recreation with a 26-14 victory Saturday.
The Illini (6-1, 3-1) grew to become bowl eligible for the primary time since 2019 and can finish the day tied for first within the Large Ten West.
Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 127 yards, his nation-leading 14th straight 100-yard recreation and the majority of the Gophers’ 180 whole yards. It was the fewest yards towards Illinois by a Soccer Bowl Subdivision opponent since no less than 2000.
Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan, held to only 21 yards on 4-for-12 passing, left early within the fourth quarter after taking successful to the top. Athan Kaliakmanis entered for the Gophers (4-2, 1-2) and was intercepted twice.
Illinois quarterback Tommy DeVito, again from an ankle harm that pressured him out of final week’s recreation at Iowa within the first half, ran for a 5-yard landing early within the third quarter to place the Illini up 20-14. He accomplished 25 of 32 passes for 252 yards and a landing.
Brown, from London, Ont., went over 1,000 yards dashing for a second straight 12 months along with his eighth straight 100-yard recreation. He now has 13 100-yard video games, second most at Illinois behind Robert Holcombe’s 16 from 1994-97.
Brown obtained vast open on a wheel route for his 40-yard landing to complete Illinois’ nine-play, 75-yard drive to open the sport. Fabrizio Pinton tacked on a 31-yard subject aim to present the Illini a 10-0 lead early within the second quarter.
Pinton linked from 23 yards within the third and from 30 yards within the fourth to increase Illinois’ lead.
Ibrahim was about all Minnesota had going offensively. The Gophers have been simply 2 of seven on third downs and completed with their fewest yards since gaining 133 towards Ohio State in 2017.
No opponent had scored a landing at Memorial Stadium this season earlier than Morgan’s 9-yard run in the midst of the second quarter. The play capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive the Gophers have been unable to duplicate the remainder of the sport.
Quentin Redding’s 92-yard return of the second-half kickoff arrange Ibrahim’s 4-yard landing, which gave the Gophers a short 14-13 lead.
Minnesota: Simply as Ibrahim returns from an harm, Morgan exits. The extent of the sixth-year quarterback’s harm might issue closely into how the Gophers end.
Illinois: The Illini have gained six straight dwelling video games, 4 in a row towards Large Ten West oponents and are out to their finest begin since 2011. With DeVito wholesome, the Illini could possibly be favored in every remaining recreation aside from a Nov. 19 journey to No. 5 Michigan.
Minnesota: A difficult journey to No. 10 Penn State subsequent Saturday.
Illinois: An open date precedes an Oct. 29 go to to Nebraska.