Offensive MVP

Shannon Brooks, Gophers

The two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week made a bid for a third, with 174 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

 

Defensive MVP

Duke McGhee, Gophers

The sophomore replaced starting safety Adekunle Ayinde and finished with a team-high 12 tackles.

 

By the numbers

2 Turnovers over the past four games for the Gophers.

3-1 Gophers’ record this year in games in which they’ve won the turnover battle.

7 Touchdown runs this season for Brooks.

3 Touchdown catches this season for Rashad Still.

8.0 Yards per carry, a season high for the Gophers.

131-1 Illini’s yardage advantage in the third quarter.

202 Completions for Mitch Leidner, the most for a Gophers junior.

200 The previous record for a Gophers junior, set by Cory Sauter in 1996.

JOE CHRISTENSEN