Minnesota led from start to finish Saturday in its win against Illinois, the first time the Gophers had a lead for an entire game this season.
The Gophers won a game by double digits for the first time since their 2009 victory over Purdue.
After the loss, the University of Illinois fired head coach Ron Zook. He won the first six games of the season and lost the final six.
Minnesota had its best pass defense performance of the year against Illinois, as the Illini only gained 78 yards through the air and averaged only 2.9 yards per attempt.
MinnesotaâÄôs defense held the Illini to less than 100 yards in both passing and rushing. The last time that happened was 2006 against Temple.
Sixth-year senior Kim Royston finished the season third in the Big Ten in tackles with 123 and had a conference-leading 71 solo tackles.
Minnesota finished the season last in the Big Ten in total offense and averaged only 310 yards per game this season.
The Gophers had 19 sacks on the year, more than double their total last year âÄî eight. They finished with a flurry and got five sacks against Illinois.
Minnesota was last in the Big Ten in turnover margin with 17 turnovers and nine takeaways.
Walk-on kicker Jordan Wettstein converted 43- and 51-yard field goals Saturday. The 51-yard kick was the longest of his career.
Minnesota had only two penalties Saturday, the fewest penalties it had in a game all season.
Sophomore RaâÄôShede Hageman recorded two sacks against Illinois, his first two sacks of the season.