Illinois vs. Minnesota


Oct. 16, 1999

1. Senior defensive tackle Seth Tesdall's fumble recovery in the first quarter was his first of his career as was junior linebacker Mon Long's sack that forced the fumble. It is the second consecutive game the Illini have forced a fumble on a sack (Jason Eberhart vs. Indiana).

2. Freshman wideout Aaron Moorehead's 32-yard TD reception in the second quarter was the first of his career and only his second catch of the season. With the reception, quarterback Kurt Kittner has now connected with nine different receivers for 12 touchdowns.

3. Moorehead's touchdown was the first scored in a homecoming game in three years, since 1996. In 1997, Illinois lost to Purdue 48-3 and in 1998, the Illini fell to Wisconsin 37-3 on Homecoming.

4. Illinois' Brandon Lloyd's 41-yard kickoff return was the longest of the season as well as punter Steve Fitts' 75-yard punt.

5. Minnesota's 74-yard punt return for a touchdown by Luke Leverson was the first given up by the Illini since Kahlil Hill of Iowa scored on a 57-yard return on Sept. 26, 1998. It ties for the fourth longest by an opponent in Illinois history.

6. With the loss, the Illini have dropped six straight Homecoming games. The last Illini Homecoming victory was Oct. 30, 1993 against Northwestern (20-13).

7. Today's attendance of 49, 152 is largest Homecoming crowd since 1996, and the largest of the Ron Turner era.

8. The 37-7 loss to Minnesota is the largest margin of loss for the Illini this year. The Illini losses this year have been by 17 points against Michigan State (27-10) and three against Indiana (34-31, OT).

9. Minnesota rushed for 367 yards today, making the Gophers the first team to rush for over 300 yards against the Illini since Wisconsin on Oct. 11, 1997 (318 yards).

10. The last team to rush for over 350 yards against the Illini was Arizona on Sept. 14, 1996. The Wildcats rushed for 372 in the 41-0 victory over the Illini.

11. Thomas Hamner is the first player to rush for over 150 yards against the Illini since Wisconsin's Ron Dayne had 190 on Oct. 17, 1998 (also a Homecoming game). Hamner had 184 yards against the Illini today.

12. Luke Leverson's 74-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter was the second of his career and the longest punt return for a touchdown in his career. His previous long came against Michigan State on Oct. 24, 1998 (68 yards).

13. Jermaine Mays' 6-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was the second of his career.

14. Free safety Delvin Jones' first career interception came when he picked off a Kurt Kittner pass at 6:54 in the second quarter.

15. Thomas Hamner had his 12th 100-yard rushing game of his career with 184 yards and his fourth this season, including all three Big Ten games.

16. Today's 37-7 win over Illinois marks the first time the Golden Gophers have won at Memorial Stadium since a 21-18 win in 1980 and snapped a six-game losing streak against the Fighting Illini.

17. Today's 37-7 win over Illinois marks the first time the Golden Gophers have won two Big Ten road games since 1986 when they recorded road wins against Michigan (20-17) and Wisconsin (27-20) enroute to a 6-6 season and a berth in the Liberty Bowl.

18. Minnesota's 5-1 start is the best start since the Golden Gophers recorded a 5-1 start in 1987.

19. Thomas Hamner has now moved into third place on Minnesota's all-time career rushing leaders. Hamner, with 184 yards today, surpassed Marion Barber to move into third place. He now has 3,112 career yards and 720 attempts.

20. Thomas Hamner's 184 yards is a career high for him. His previous high of 174 yards came against UL-Monroe on Sept. 11, 1999.

21. In giving up only seven points today, the Minnesota defense is allowing only 8.1 points per game. The Golden Gophers came into today's game ranked first in the Big Ten in scoring defense.

22. With five tackles today, strong safety Tyrone Carter ties the Big Ten record for tackles with Rod Woodson (Purdue 1983-86) with 445 tackles. He needs 37 tackles to become the all-time Division I tackle leader for defensive backs.