Illinois-Minnesota football: Live updates, score, TV channel, live stream (October 21, 2017)

Illinois and Minnesota football meet on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Find the score and live updates below.

Illinois-Minnesota football score, live updates

Final score: Minnesota 24, Illinois, 17: the Illini scored again, but were never seriously threatening. This one’s over.

Minnesota 24, Illinois 10 (Q4, 3:43): Minnesota is leading comfortably, and, barring a huge comeback,  this game is probably over.

Minnesota 17, Illinois 10 (Q4, 4:20): Minnesota takes another lead after Illinois tied it up. The latest points came on a 4-yard run by  Kobe McCrary.

Minnesota 10, Illinois 7 (Q4, 14:08): Minnesota converted a field goal to take the lead.

Halftime: Minnesota 7, Illinois 7.   

Minnesota 0, Illinois 0 (Q1): Minnesota took an early one-score lead on an 8-yard catch by Tyler Johnson. Things have been stop-and-go since then, with the teams trading a couple punts.

Live updates will begin after the game starts.

Illinois-Minnesota football TV channel

The Illini’s matchup with the Gophers will be televised on Big Ten Network. You can find the local channel for BTN here.

Illinois-Minnesota football live stream

The game will be streamed online through BTN2Go, which can be found here.

Illinois-Minnesota preview

So far this season, Illinois football’s main problem has been on offense. The Illini are averaging 18.8 points per game, which ranks 120th in the country and easily at the bottom of the Big Ten.

Sophomore Jeff George Jr. has gotten the start in Illinois’ last two games, in which he’s thrown for 554 yards while posting two touchdowns and five interceptions. Overall, he is 54-for-105 with 765 passing yards, three touchdowns and seven interceptions on the season.

There’s no denying the Illinois passing attack has looked bleak so far this season, but the hope is George Jr. can continue to grow with experience.

The run game has been a little more promising for the Illini, as freshman running back Mike Epstein is averaging 6.1 yards per carry. Still, if the Illini are going to pull off an upset, they’re clearly going to need to show a gear on offense they have not been able to reliably achieve this season.

The Minnesota offense is averaging 27.8 points per game, the No. 77 mark in the country, while the defense is yielding 19.3 points per game. (25th). The Golden Gophers have shown a balanced offensive attack so far this season, evident by their 177.5 passing yards and 170.7 rushing yards per game.

Conor Rhoda has been the starting quarterback for much of the season, throwing for 839 yards, 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. But in the second quarter against Michigan State, quarterback  Demry Croft came into the game due to Rhoda’s ineffectiveness. Croft through for 3 fourth-quarter touchdowns in his team’s loss to the Spartans. Overall, he completed 11 of his 20 throws for 163 yards and the 3 passing scores. He also rushed the ball 7 times for 31 yards.

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