OFFENSIVE MVP

Rodney Smith, Gophers

Had his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season, with two touchdowns.

DEFENSIVE MVP

Antoine Winfield, Gophers

The freshman had a team-high seven tackles and recovered a first quarter fumble.

BY THE NUMBERS

35 First-quarter points for the Gophers over their past two games.

0 First-half penalty yards for Illinois, which entered as the Big Ten’s most penalized team.

28 Career rushing touchdowns for Mitch Leidner, a record for a Gophers quarterback.

6 Consecutive games with a touchdown for Shannon Brooks.

32.5 Average yards per punt for Ryan Santoso, who had punts of 25, 10 and 24 yards.

283 Total yards gained by the Gophers, a season low.

17 Points off turnovers for the Gophers.

59 Points off turnovers for the Gophers this season, compared to 16 for their opponents.

JOE CHRISTENSEN