Both teams struggled from the floor, with the Gophers shooting just 31.7% and Illinois shooting 33.3%. The Illini led by 8-10 points for a majority of the second half, but the Gophers got within a point before fading down the stretch.
The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
The Gopher men's basketball team lost by 16 points at Michigan State Thursday night. Star Tribune Sports Columnist Jim Souhan joined me today. He thinks Daniel Oturu could leave after this season to go to the NBA.
Tyler Johnson had 12 receptions for 204 yards and two touchdowns to become Minnesota's career receiving leader and propel the 16th-ranked Gophers to a 31-24 victory over No. 9 Auburn in the Outback Bowl.