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Kirkwood, Gophers top Illini, get bowl eligible

Donnell Kirkwood

Minnesota at Illinois - Football Highlights

It wasn’t pretty, but Minnesota was good enough in a 17-3 win over Illinois on Saturday. In a battle of sluggish offenses, Minnesota running back Donnell Kirkwood did most of the work, rushing for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Kirkwood’s 3-yard run in the third quarter broke a 3-3 tie. He scored on a 12-yard run late in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory, giving his team its fourth straight win at Illinois.

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2nd quarter recap: Illinois 3, Minnesota 3

Donnell Kirkwood

Jordan Wettstein 20 Yard Field Goal

Minnesota’s Donnell Kirkwood ran for 73 yards in the quarter, and the two teams are tied 3-3 at the end of the second. The Golden Gophers tied things up at three when a 10-play, 75-yard drive ended after Jordan Wettstein made a 20-yard field goal. Minnesota’s drive was keyed by Kirkwood’s 48-yard run.

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1st quarter recap: Illinois 3, Minnesota 0

Earnest Thomas & Philip Nelson

Nick Immekus 20 Yard Field Goal

Fans were treated to more punts than points in the first quarter, and Illinois leads 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. The teams’ stale offenses boomed a total of four punts in the quarter. The Fighting Illini scored when Nick Immekus kicked a 19-yard field goal to cap a nine-play, 89-yard drive, giving Illinois the game’s first lead.

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Minnesota dominates in 72-36 win

Andre Hollins

American at Minnesota - Men's Basketball Highlights

Minnesota’s defense shut down American University, as the Golden Gophers defeated the Eagles 72-36 on Friday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Minnesota (1-0) held American (0-1) to 24 percent shooting from the field.

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Next 'Journey' tells 3 more Big Ten stories

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Watch Episode Six of "The Journey 2012: Big Ten Football" This Wednesday

On tonight’s episode of “The Journey 2012″ presented by Best Buy at 7:30 p.m. ET, our crew continues to chronicle the Big Ten football season while telling the stories of  Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens, Illinois cornerback Terry Hawthorne, and Minnesota’s Connor Cosgrove, who is battling leukemia.

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