Minnesota comes to Illinois Saturday looking for the win that will make the Gophers eligible for a bowl game for the first time since 2009.
MarQueis Gray rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another score, guiding Minnesota past backsliding Illinois 27-7 on Saturday in the season finale and sending the Fighting Illini to their sixth straight defeat.
Jerry Kill will finish his first season at Minnesota this weekend, wrapping up another forgettable edition of Gophers football. On a seven-year contract, Kill’s rebuilding work has just begun.
DeLeon Eskridge rescued Minnesota from its tenth loss Saturday, leading the Gophers to a 38-34 comeback upset of Illinois with a last-minute touchdown run.
Defense has been the strength of Illinois this season, the foundation for a rebound that has the Illini back in the bowl conversation for the first time in three years.