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Highlights: Minnesota Golden Gophers 40, Illinois Fighting Illini 17

Here are the best plays from Saturday’s game in Champaign.

Team Notes

  • Today was the 69th meeting between Illinois and Minnesota. Minnesota leads the all-time series 37-29-3.
  • The Illini are 17-16-1 against Minnesota in Champaign.
  • Illinois is 45-59-2 all-time in Homecoming games.
  • Illinois is 9-8-1 all-time in Homecoming games against the Gophers.
  • Illinois started two players for the first time in their careers today. The Illini have had 25 first-time starters this season, including 11 freshmen (four true-freshmen and seven redshirt-freshmen).
  • Illinois wore its "Gray Ghost" alternate uniforms for the third time (Homecoming 2014-16), including blue helmets with gray chrome decals for the first time.
  • Minnesota was 0-1 on fourth down attempts today, opponent offenses are now 2-9 (.222) against the Illini defense on fourth down. Illinois came into the game ranked 2nd in the Big Ten and 4th in the nation in fourth-down defense.
  • The Illini had a season-low three penalties against Minnesota.
  • Illinois held Minnesota to a season-low 112 passing yards, also good for the Illini's fewest passing yards allowed this season.