Upset alert: Minnesota-Illinois

October, 11, 2008
10/11/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

If you can be ripped away from the wildly entertaining Oklahoma-Texas clash, check out what's going on in Champaign, Ill., right now.

Minnesota is continuing its surprising rise by building a 14-6 third-quarter lead on Illinois. If a Big Ten Coordinator of the Year award can be handed out, it should go to Minnesota defensive coordinator Ted Roof. The ousted Duke coach has transformed a Minnesota defense that ranked last nationally in yards allowed (518.7 yards per game) and set team records for futility last season. The Gophers are clogging rushing lanes and leveling some big hits on Illinois' ball carriers.

Though I think defensive end Willie VanDeSteeg should be disciplined for throwing a punch at Illinois wideout Rejus Benn, you've got to admire the passion the Gophers are showing. Second-year coach Tim Brewster has his team fired up in his return to his alma mater.

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