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Defense dominates for Illinois in 14-6 win at Minnesota

Illinois defensive lineman Jer'Zhan Newton (94) and teammate defensive back Tony Adams (6) celebrate during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Minnesota on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Minneapolis. Illinois won 14-6.

MINNEAPOLIS — The Illinois defense delivered six sacks and two interceptions of Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan on the way to a 14-6 victory.

Chase Brown rushed 33 times for 150 yards for the Illini. Kerby Joseph picked off Morgan at the Illini 45-yard line with 38 seconds left.

That halted the rally by the Gophers and stopped their four-game winning streak cold.

Minnesota fell to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten. Illinois is 4-6 and 3-4.

Brandon Peters was as sharp as he needed to be with 80 yards passing and a touchdown for Illinois.

 

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