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Gophers rally past W. Illinois 29-12

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Sep 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) With Minnesota coach Jerry Kill at a hospital after a seizure at halftime, David Cobb and Rodrick Williams each rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Gophers past Western Illinois 29-12 on Saturday afternoon.

Kill has epilepsy, and this is the fourth time in three seasons with the Gophers he's had an episode on game day. The scene of Kill writhing back and forth on the sideline is always jarring nonetheless, and the sluggish Gophers (3-0) found themselves trailing 12-7 until late in the third quarter.

Mitch Leidner finished 7 for 8 for 105 yards passing.

Trenton Norvell threw two touchdown passes without a turnover for the Leathernecks (2-1), the latest FCS foe in position for an upset at Minnesota. But Norvell finished 11 for 23 for 162 yards, and Western Illinois was outgained on the ground 213 yards rushing to 68. The Gophers forced eight punts.

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