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Illinois Fighting Illini vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Wrap - Minnesota Wins 40-17

Rodney Smith ran for 211 yards as Minnesota handled Illinois by a score of 40-17 on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Golden Gophers were a -14.5-point favorite in the win, and managed to turn a profit for their supporters. The combined score pushed PUSH the total, which closed at 57.0.

Rodney Smith rushed for 211 yards, while Shannon Brooks added 111 yards in the win. Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson added 71 and 38 receiving yards respectively.

Reggie Corbin rushed for 68 yards for Illinois, while Brandon Peters added 10 yards. Matt Robinson threw for 125 yards for the Fighting Illini, while receivers Trevon Sidney and Donny Navarro had 50 and 33 yards respectively.

Minnesota outgained Illinois 487-248 yards in the game, while the battle of first downs was won 24-14 by the Golden Gophers.

Illinois lost the time of possession battle 35:44-24:16, leaving their defense on the field more than they wanted.

Next game, Minnesota takes its act home to face Nebraska looking for another win. For Illinois, they head home to face Michigan.

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