Boxscore
Minnesota 17, Illinois 3
Saturday, November 10, 2012 3:30 PM
Location - Memorial Stadium
Attendance - 46912

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Minnesota 0 3 7 7 17
Illinois 3 0 0 0 3

Recap


Minnesota 17, Illinois 3:
Donnell Kirkwood rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns as visiting Minnesota defeated Illinois to become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2009.

Kirkwood scored on a tiebreaking 3-yard run with 2:31 left in the third quarter as the Golden Gophers (6-4, 2-4 Big Ten) won a conference road game for the first time in seven such outings under second-year coach Jerry Kill.

Illinois (2-8, 0-6) lost its seventh straight game and suffered its 12th consecutive Big Ten defeat.

Kirkwood scored from 12 yards out with 1:34 remaining to put the game away. The touchdown came three plays after Minnesota’s Derrick Wells recovered a fumble by Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase and returned it 12 yards to the Illini 19-yard line.

The teams traded 20-yard field goals in the first half. Nick Immekus booted one for Illinois midway through the first quarter and Minnesota’s Jordan Wettstein knocked his through the uprights with 3:30 left in the half.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Golden Gophers leading receiver A.J. Barker missed his second straight game with an ankle injury. … Illinois had allowed an average of 41.0 points over its past six games before playing relatively well against Minnesota. …  Kirkwood has 819 rushing yards and is the first Minnesota running back since Amir Pinnix (1,272) in 2006 to top 700 yards.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 7:48
Illinois   FG  Illinois 3 - Minnesota 0
2nd Quarter - 3:30
Minnesota   FG  Illinois 3 - Minnesota 3
3rd Quarter - 2:31
Minnesota   TD  Illinois 3 - Minnesota 10
4th Quarter - 1:34
Minnesota   TD  Illinois 3 - Minnesota 17
TEAMS

Team Records

  Minnesota Illinois
W/L 6 - 4 - 0 2 - 8 - 0
Conference 2 - 4 - 0 0 - 6 - 0

Team Stats

  Minnesota Illinois
Score 17 3
First Downs 18 13
3rd Down Efficiency 3-for-12
25%
4-for-14
29%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-2
50%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 309 276
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 50-231 35-101
Average/Rush 4.6 2.9
Passing
Comp-Att 9-15 15-25
Passing Yards 78 175
Average/Pass Play 4.6 6.5
Penalties-Yards 5-24 6-45
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-2
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Time of Possession 34:26 25:34

PLAYER STATS

Minnesota (6 - 4)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
P. Nelson 9/15 78 0 0
Illinois (2 - 8)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Scheelhaase 15/23 175 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Kirkwood 28 152 5.4 2
R. Williams Jr 10 55 5.5 0
P. Nelson 12 24 2.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Young 10 42 4.2 0
N. Scheelhaase 14 24 1.7 0
J. Ferguson 5 19 3.8 0
J. Davis 4 10 2.5 0
D. Ayoola 2 6 3.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
I. Fruechte 3 40 13.3 0
B. Green 2 19 9.5 0
R. Williams Jr 1 7 7.0 0
M. Jones 1 7 7.0 0
M. Gray 1 5 5.0 0
M. Henry 1 0 0.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
S. Harris 2 57 28.5 0
D. Millines 4 51 12.8 0
R. Lankford 4 44 11.0 0
E. Viliunas 2 14 7.0 0
J. Ferguson 1 5 5.0 0
D. Young 2 4 2.0 0
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