Minnesota got the ball first, and got the ball into Illinois territory before the drive stalled out and they had to punt it away. Illinois started out on their own 9-yard line, and started their drive with a 16-yard run. On the next play, the Illini hit a huge play courtesy of a flea flicker that resulted in Nathan Scheelhaase hitting Spencer Harris for 49 yards down to the Minnesota 26-yard line.
The Illini converted a third down to give themselves first-and-goal at the Minnesota 8-yard line, but the Minnesota defense stiffened and stopped the Illini short of the goal line. Illinois has to settle for a 20-yard field goal from kicker Nick Immekus to take an early 3-0 lead.
This game is a big one for Minnesota, as a victory will give them six wins and their first taste of bowl eligibility in the Jerry Kill era.
With about seven and a half minutes left in the first quarter, the Minnesota Golden Gophers trail the Illinois Fighting Illini by a score of 3-0.