CHAMPAIGN, IL - NOVEMBER 19: Eddie Viliunas #83 and Troy Pollard #28 of the Illinois Fighting Illini dive for the ball after a missed catch on a kick-off against the Wisconsin Badgers at Memorial Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Champaign, Illinois. Wisconsin defeated Illinois 28-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illinois Drops Its Sixth Straight With 27-7 Loss To Minnesota

Illinois and Minnesota conclude their regular seasons on Saturday.

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Illinois Vs. Minnesota Score Update: Golden Gophers Roll To 27-7 Victory

Following a 41-20 victory over Indiana on October 8, the Illinois Fighting Illini were 6-0 and had won their first two games in Big 10 play. After falling 27-7 to Minnesota, Illinois completed a monumental collapse, as it has lost six straight games to finish the season, with the last three losses all coming by double-digits.

After a scoreless first quarter, this game became the MarQueis Gray show, with the Minnesota QB willing his team to a victory. While Gray completed 7/14 for 85 yards and a TD through the air, it was his performance running the ball that keyed the victory. Gray ran the ball 27 times for 167 yards and scored 2 TD's in the win.

Illinois struggled throughout the game to generate any form of consistency on offense. Reilly O'Toole and Nathan Scheelhaase combined to complete 15/27 for 78 yards, while Jason Ford led the way on the ground with 43 yards. The Fighting Illini only managed to gain 160 yards in the loss.

This game marked the regular-season finale for both teams.Illinois is bowl-eligible and will await the announcement of where it will play next.

For updates on this matchup, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, visit SB Nation's Illinois blog, Hail to the Orange, and SB Nation's Minnesota blog, The Daily Gopher. For more news and notes from around college football, visit SB Nation's NCAA football news hub.

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Illinois Vs. Minnesota Score Update: Gophers Lead 27-7 Heading Into Fourth Quarter

Barring an unexpected rally in the final quarter, Illinois appears destined for its sixth consecutive loss, as it trails Minnesota 27-7 heading into the fourth quarter.

The story of the game has been the play of Minnesota QB MarQueis Gray. The versatile junior has been steady through the air, completing 7/12 for 85 yards and a TD. However, he has been simply unstoppable running the ball, rushing for 127 yards on 23 carried and 2 TD's. Senior RB Duane Bennett has rushed for 30 yards on 13 carries.

Illinois was able to find a way to get on the scoreboard in the third quarter, as the Fighting Illini delivered an impressive drive to narrow the deficit. The 12-play scoring drive was anchored by QB Reilly O'Toole, who threw the ball effectively. O'Toole has completed 6/14 for 41 yards, but was at his best leading the drive that was capped off by a TD run from Troy Pollard.

For updates on this matchup, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, visit SB Nation's Illinois blog, Hail to the Orange, and SB Nation's Minnesota blog, The Daily Gopher. For more news and notes from around college football, visit SB Nation's NCAA football news hub.

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Illinois Vs. Minnesota Score Update: Golden Gophers Lead 20-0 At Halftime

The recent struggles of the Illinois Fighting Illini have carried over to the regular-season finale at Minnesota, as Illinois has struggled to generate any offense and trails 20-0 at the half.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Golden Gophers reeled off 20 unanswered points to take the comfortable lead. Minnesota QB MarQueis Gray accounted for both TD's in the second quarter, throwing a TD pass to John Rabe and scoring a rushing TD from 16 yards out. Gray has shown his tremendous versatility throughout the game, rushing for 133 yards on 22 carries and completing 7/11 for 85 yards and a TD. Senior WR Dajon McKnight has been the main threat through the air, grabbing four catches for 46 yards.

The Illinois offense has been almost non-existent, recording only 39 yards and two first downs. Senior RB Jason Ford ran for 32 yards in the opening half but proved to be the only form of consistency for the Fighting Illini.

For updates on this matchup, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, visit SB Nation's Illinois blog, Hail to the Orange, and SB Nation's Minnesota blog, The Daily Gopher. For more news and notes from around college football, visit SB Nation's NCAA football news hub.

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Illinois Vs. Minnesota Injury Report: Donovonn Young Upgraded To Probable

Here's the latest injury news for Saturday's Big Ten matchup between the Illinois Fighting Illini (6-5, 2-5 Big Ten) and Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-9, 1-6 Big Ten). All information comes from USA Today:

Illinois Fighting Illini 

Donovonn Young RB Ankle Prob Sat - 11/26/11 Young has been progressing from an ankle injury and is expected to play Saturday against Minnesota.
Steve Hull DB Neck Prob Sat - 11/24/11 Hull did not play in Week 12 against Wisconsin due to a neck injury but is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday's game against Minnesota.
Hugh Thornton OL Knee Prob Sat - 11/24/11 Thornton has not played since undergoing a knee scope on October 31st to clean up a cartilage tear. He is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday's game against Minnesota.
Corey Lewis OL Knee Ques Sat - 11/21/11 Lewis suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury before the season began and hasn't yet played in a game. He remains questionable for Saturday's game against Minnesota.

Minnesota Golden Gophers

Michael Carter DB Academics Prob Sat - 11/26/11 Carter is dealing with academic issues but is expected to play Saturday against Illinois.
A.J. Barker WR Hamstring Ques Sat - 11/26/11 Barker is nursing a hamstring injury and is questionable for Saturday's game against Illinois.
Chris Hawthorne K Leg Ques Sat - 11/21/11 Hawthorne missed his third straight game in Week 12 against Northwestern due to a leg injury and remains questionable for Saturday's game against Illinois.
Ryan Orton OL Back Ques Sat - 11/21/11 Orton missed his fourth straight game in Week 12 against Northwestern due to a back injury and remains questionable for Saturday's game against Illinois.
Leston Simpson DE Head Ques Sat - 11/21/11 Simpson has been sidelined since Week 6 due to a head injury and remains questionable for Saturday's game against Illinois.
Harold Legania DL Foot Ques Sat - 11/21/11 Legania missed his sixth straight game in Week 12 against Northwestern due to a foot injury and remains questionable for Saturday's game against Illinois.
Eric Jacques DL Ankle Doub Sat - 11/26/11 Jacques is expected to miss his fourth game in a row Saturday against Illinois due to an ankle injury.

For updates on this matchup, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, visit SB Nation's Illinois blog, Hail to the Orange, and SB Nation's Minnesota blog, The Daily Gopher. For more news and notes from around college football, visit SB Nation's NCAA football news hub.

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Illinois Vs. Minnesota Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Ron Zook's Illini have won only one road game this season, over Indiana in Bloomington on Oct. 9. If they want to put to rest, if even temporarily, rumblings about Zook's status as head coach and charge into the bowl season with momentum, they'll need to defeat the Minnesota Golden Gophers in their place in a game that should mean much more to the Illini than it does the Gophers.

After upsetting Iowa and only losing to Michigan State on the road by a touchdown, it looked as if the Gophers were going to end the season on an upswing. But in the following two games though they lost to Wisconsin and Northwestern by a combined score of 70-26, indicating just how far coach Jerry Kill's program has to go until they're consistently competitive in the Big Ten. That said, the Illini can bet that the Gopher seniors will be looking to end their trying four year term in Minnesota with one last victory.

Game date, time: 2:30 pm CT, Saturday, Nov. 26

Location: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.

TV channel: BTN

Spread: Illinois favored by 11

Series history: Minneosta leads, 38-23-3

For updates on this matchup, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, visit SB Nation's Illinois blog, Hail to the Orange, and SB Nation's Minnesota blog, The Daily Gopher. For more news and notes from around college football, visit SB Nation's NCAA football news hub.

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Illinois Fighting Illini Vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers: Illinois, Minnesota Try To Halt Losing Skids

Illinois and Minnesota conclude their regular seasons on Saturday.

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