Associated Press, Published November 13 2010
Gophers snap nine-game losing streak en route to first Big Ten football win of seasonCHAMPAIGN, Ill. – DeLeon Eskridge rescued Minnesota from its 10th loss Saturday, leading the Gophers to a 38-34 comeback upset of Illinois with a last-minute touchdown run.
Eskridge scored three touchdowns for the Gophers (2-9, 1-6 Big Ten). The last, a 2-yarder, came with 16 seconds to play and capped an 80-yard drive engineered by quarterback Adam Weber. The quarterback kept it alive with a key 29-yard scramble on a third-and-10 play.
Weber finished 20 of 36 for 225 yards and two touchdowns.
The loss keeps Illinois (5-5, 3-4) a game short of bowl eligibility with Northwestern and Fresno St. still to play.
Mikel Leshoure led the Fighting Illini with 141 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns.