Minnesota 29, Western Illinois 12

Date - Saturday, September 14, 2013 12:00 PM
Location - TCF Bank Stadium
Attendance - 42127

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Western Illinois 6 0 6 0 12
Minnesota 0 7 8 14 29

Recap


Minnesota 29, Western Illinois 12:
David Cobb and Rodrick Williams Jr. each rushed for two touchdowns and the host Golden Gophers overcame the loss of head coach Jerry Kill to an epileptic seizure at halftime to defeat the Leathernecks.

Freshman quarterback Mitch Leidner, who entered the game in the second quarter when starter Philip Nelson departed with a left hamstring injury, completed 7-of-8 passes for 105 yards for Minnesota (3-0), which trailed 12-7 late in the third quarter before scoring three touchdowns over a span of 14 offensive plays.

Trenton Norvell completed 11-of-23 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns for Western Illinois (2-1), including a 11-yarder to Lance Lenoir early in the third quarter to give the Leathernecks their final lead of the game.

Minnesota, taking advantage of a 17-yard punt by Nathan Knuffman, came back to take the lead for a good on Cobb's 2-yard run with 1:22 remaining in the third quarter. Leidner then connected with Logan Hutton for a two-point conversion to make it 15-12.

Cobb added his second touchdown on a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter, and Williams Jr. sealed the win a few minutes later with a 37-yard run following a 26-yard punt return by KJ Maye.

GAME NOTEBOOK: According to the Big Ten Network, it was the third time Kill had suffered a seizure during a game in three seasons as head coach of the Gophers. ... David Benedict, the deputy athletic director for Minnesota, said Kill, who was carted off the field at halftime, was resting comfortably in a local area hospital. ...  Minnesota, which didn't get called for a penalty until midway through the fourth quarter, has been flagged just seven times in three games this season.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 0:05
Western Illinois   TD  Minnesota 0 - Western Illinois 6
2nd Quarter - 4:27
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 7 - Western Illinois 6
3rd Quarter - 9:34
Western Illinois   TD  Minnesota 7 - Western Illinois 12
3rd Quarter - 1:22
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 15 - Western Illinois 12
4th Quarter - 11:32
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 22 - Western Illinois 12
4th Quarter - 8:52
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 29 - Western Illinois 12
TEAMS

Team Records

  Western Illinois Minnesota
W/L 2 - 1 - 0 3 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Western Illinois Minnesota
Score 12 29
First Downs 11 18
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-14
29%
5-for-11
45%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-1
100%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 230 337
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 30-68 49-213
Average/Rush 2.3 4.3
Passing
Comp-Att 11-23 10-12
Passing Yards 162 124
Average/Pass Play 6.2 8.3
Penalties-Yards 5-20 2-10
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Time of Possession 25:36 34:24

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Norvell 11/23 162 2 0
Minnesota (3 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Leidner 7/8 105 0 0
P. Nelson 3/4 19 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Baker 7 50 7.1 0
N. Watson 13 26 2.0 0
T. Norvell 10 -8 -0.8 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Cobb 13 82 6.3 2
M. Leidner 17 64 3.8 0
R. Williams Jr 10 56 5.6 2
P. Nelson 6 16 2.7 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
K. Hammonds 1 65 65.0 0
L. Lenoir Jr 5 54 10.8 1
H. Scott 2 22 11.0 0
F. Salomon 2 20 10.0 0
M. Howington 1 1 1.0 1
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Williams 2 52 26.0 0
D. Engel 3 32 10.7 0
M. Henry 1 15 15.0 0
R. Williams Jr 1 11 11.0 0
D. Cobb 1 10 10.0 0
D. Goodger 1 3 3.0 0
K. Maye 1 1 1.0 0