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The Western Illinois Leathernecks will hit the road for the second straight week as they head to Huntington Bank Stadium at noon ET on Saturday. The Minnesota Golden Gophers should still be riding high after a victory, while WIU will be looking to get back in the win column.
The matchup between the Leathernecks and the UT Martin Skyhawks last week was not particularly close, with WIU falling 42-25. WIU was down 35-13 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from.
Meanwhile, Minnesota got themselves on the board against the New Mexico State Aggies last Thursday, but New Mexico State never followed suit. The Golden Gophers claimed a resounding 38 to nothing win over the Aggies at home. The contest was pretty much decided by the half, when the score had already reached 24 to nothing. Minnesota’s RB Mohamed Ibrahim was one of the most active players for the squad, rushing for two TDs and 132 yards on 21 carries.
Minnesota’s defense was a force to be reckoned with, as it collected four interceptions and one fumble. DB Terell Smith picked up that interception and then proceeded to rub salt in the wound by taking it back the other way for a touchdown.
Western Illinois’ defeat took them down to 0-1 while Minnesota’s win pulled them up to 1-0. A win for the Leathernecks would reverse both their bad luck and Minnesota’s good luck. We’ll see if WIU manages to pull off that tough task or if the Golden Gophers keep their momentum going instead.
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The #Gophers (2-0) win in a laugher over Western Iliinois, 62-10.
Back to back dominant wins for Minnesota.
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Kept our oars in the water 🚣 pic.twitter.com/VQI84317yP
Defense forces another three-and-out and we’ll take over at the 29 yard line.
Kaliakmanis at QB.
Crawford will punt for the first time today, and will send the ball down to the WIU18.
We’ll take over on offense at the 35 yard line after the kickoff goes out of bounds.
Touchdown, Western Illinois. #Gophers lead 62-10 with 4:26 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Jelen heads down field for 30 yards and the score! pic.twitter.com/j0hNcVGo6V
PRESTON JELEN TO THE HOUSE!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/iCBcj7IUHW
For those keeping track, Athan Kaliakmanis is back in as QB!
It’s another three-and-out for Western Illinois.
The offense goes to work from the 22 yard line.
The kick is good!
Trickett sends it right down the middle from 46 yards out and the #Gophers go up 55-3 with 10:24 in the fourth. pic.twitter.com/PgRqz7brDo
Clay Geary with an absolute nab across the middle of the field for the first down! #Gophers with a new set of downs at the WIU 43! pic.twitter.com/oc88rPH3Yt
#Gophers will open the fourth quarter on the 29 yard line and Cole Kramer in at QB! pic.twitter.com/cZbLQ7M3AY
Atta kid, @aajk_23. pic.twitter.com/fLV2AitFQN
TOUCHDOWN, #GOPHERS! @aajk_23 keeps this one and pops into the end zone! pic.twitter.com/XGPW9TDGvR
Right on the money!
Kaliakmanis finds @dylanwright_4 right outside the end zone and the #Gophers are back in the red zone! pic.twitter.com/EeSDhoLLrf
Kaliakmanis finds Clay Geary for the 26 yard gain and the #Gophers are at midfield! pic.twitter.com/b3dqrDAdcm
Athan Kaliakmanis will take over under center with 4:46 left in the third quarter! pic.twitter.com/btcPuEcohQ
#Gophers defense forces another Western Illinois punt and the offense will go back to work at the 33 yard line.
Easy. 😎@brevyn_ x @GopherFootball pic.twitter.com/FBIrPdy66R
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5️⃣ rushing touchdowns on the day for the Gophers. 🏃@moibrahim835 x @GopherFootball pic.twitter.com/kiMey4rDkY
Throw it up, and let @chrisautmanbell do the rest. 😎@B1Gfootball x @GopherFootball pic.twitter.com/rax8BZ0lmX
TIGHT END TOUCHDOWN!!!!
Mo Ibrahim with 23/130/2 now after that drive. #Gophers piling it on to start the second half. They’re 10th rushing touchdown of the season. https://t.co/LdknzPlZuO
Mohamed Ibrahim finds the maroon turf in the end zone to cap off an absolute beauty of a drive for him. pic.twitter.com/At6Nxsytta
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