Football: Running game notebook

Trevor Born

PREGAME – UPDATE: Sherels is not in the game, Ryan Collado is. Original Post: Marcus Sherels is suited up and listed as the starter on the depth chart. The junior cornerback, perhaps the team’s best, appeared to dislocate his shoulder last week against Indiana and didn’t return to the game. Sophomore Ryan Collado, who replaced Sherels and gave up several big plays, was moved back on the depth chart. – Duane Bennett, the Gophers’ running back to start the season, made the trip despite being out for the season with a knee injury. At the time of the injury, a lot of players expressed hope that Bennett, who has apparently taken to the role of player-coach, would be able to come on the team’s road trips. – On that note, the running back depth chart no longer says “DeLeon Eskridge OR Shady Salamon,” but has Eskridge as the definitive starter. 1ST QUARTER – Gophers take an early lead on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Adam Weber to, who else, Eric Decker. Decker, who was all-but mugged by the Illinois defensive back off the line, managed to get open and make a tough catch in the corner. He was originally ruled out of bounds, but Brewster challenged the play and it was overturned. The drive took just over three minutes, helped out by the fact that the opening kickoff went out of bounds and they started at the 40. – The Illini start their first drive at the 2-yard line after their return man muffed the kickoff and it rolled into the end zone. They drove down the field, but from Minnesota’s 28, the Gophers stopped them on 3rd and 2. Faced with 4th and 1, the Illini lined up as if they were going to go for it, but called a tiem out and decided to kick the field goal, which they missed wide left. 4TH QUARTER Wow. Gophers 27, Illinois 20