Minnesota beats Illinois 17-3

Minnesota beats Illinois 17-3
November 10, 2012, 7:01 pm
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Minnesota running back Rodrick Williams Jr. (35) runs with the ball away from Illinois defensive linemen Glenn Foster (91) and Michael Buchanan (99) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in Champaign, Ill. AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) 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.

Minnesota (6-4, 2-4 Big Ten) became bowl eligible for the first time since 2009, and won for the second time in three tries. Illinois (2-8, -6) has dropped seven straight including 12 in a row within Big Ten play.

The victory was the first Big Ten road win for second-year Minnesota coach Jerry Kill.

In their first eight possessions, the Illini had a 20-yard field goal by Nick Immekus in the first quarter, a fumble and six punts.