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Continued: Gophers tentative 'D' is trampled in Illinois romp

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 4, 2007 - 12:00 AM

All in the first quarter.

Illinois wide receiver Jacob Willis beat freshman cornerback Ryan Collado for a 47-yard touchdown catch on Illinois' first possession. Illinois' Jeff Cumberland torched freshman safety Curtis Thomas for a 22-yard touchdown catch on the second possession. Mendenhall later ripped off a 64-yard touchdown run that gave Illinois a 21-3 lead, and it was never a ballgame after that.

Minnesota's offense had no chance to keep pace. Weber completed 18 of 31 passes for 208 yards and one touchdown. But the Gophers managed only 95 yards rushing on 31 carries.

"We all understand it's a process, and it's painful right now," Brewster said. "It really hurts, and people don't have any real understanding of how bad it really does hurt."

Chip Scoggins • ascoggins@startribune.com

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