Illini grade vs. Gophers: D

Illini grade vs. Gophers: D

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Minnesota’s Donnell Kirkwood

Sophomore became the fifth Big Ten player to gain 100 yards against the Illini. But none of them have hit Kirkwood’s 152 yards. And he scored both touchdowns while serving as most of Minnesota’s offense on Bowl Eligibility Day.

Minnesota B-, Illinois D+

Freshman quarterback Philip Nelson wasn’t asked to do more than manage the game. Mission accomplished. Nathan Scheelhaase cost his team possessions with a pair of turnovers as Illinois failed to hit double digits for the third time in six Big Ten games.

Minnesota B+, Illinois C

Coming off the lopsided loss to Michigan, the Gophers controlled Illinois in critical third-down situations, limiting Illinois to 4 of 14. And they stuffed the one fourth-down attempt by the Illini. Mason Monheim showed again why he got on the field so early for the Illini.

Minnesota B, Illinois B+

Neither team missed a kick. Both teams averaged 40-plus yards punting on a windy day. But give Illinois a small edge thanks to another long kickoff return, this time by Ryan Lankford. Terry Hawthorne’s work is rubbing off.

Minnesota B, Illinois D

Don’t be offended, Gophers, the grade stands for Bowl. Yes, that was Minnesota celebrating eligibility with its fans in the corner of Memorial Stadium. Not something you expected to see going into the season. Illinois is down to one home chance to win a Big Ten game.

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dcimino wrote on November 10, 2012 at 7:11 pm

What game were you watching?  You give the defense a grade of C when they really only allowed about 1 point per possession for the first 10 Minnesota possessions,.... but you give the Illinois offense a grade of D+?   For what?   I mean,... they could have knelt on the ball EVERY TIME, and at least they would have had a higher time of possession and the defense would not have been on the field 12 (or more) times!    

People have been way too kind to our offense,... this is probably one of the worst offenses in the last 10 years of the Big Ten.   How many TDs has our offense scored in Big Ten games?  I think it's 5 in 6 games.   Somebody's ineptitude needs to start getting talked about. Love to see some reporting on this!

I mean,...   we were down by 1 touchdown with less than 3 minutes to go, with 71 yards to go for a tieing score, with second and 1 yard to go. What do we do?  We run back to back inside runs, as if our greatest hope in life would be to get a first down.  Aspiring for an actual touchdown was apparently too much to hope for.    This is really frustrating!

jdstieg wrote on November 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Sorry Bob but the only grade the offense could possibly get is  F(Failure).  Unless there is a grade below F in your grading system.

DaisyJ wrote on November 10, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Good thing the football does not have the Orange Hush idea,,or no one could

speak or yell for the entire game with the scoring of only 3 points.

Beckman sounded like a HIgh School coach after the game giving his

idea of what happened.

Why did we run the ball with the wind, down a touchdown and under 8 min.left.

Does Beck not understand that the time is running off the clock even though

we are picking up first downs. Really, is this guy actually the head coach or

just an imposter for one. It wasted time ...duh.