Minnesota's Golden Gopher football team has become bowl eligible for the first time since 2009 on Saturday.
The Gopher's 17-3 win over Illinois has given the Gophers their sixth win of the season, the number of wins needed for the Gophers to enter into the bowl competition.
According to the Minnesota Daily, Gophers running back Donnell Kirkwood and his backup, Rodrick Williams, were the key to the Gophers' success.
"The duo accounted for every yard of Minnesota's first scoring drive, which ended in a game-tying field goal shortly before halftime," the Minnesota Daily said.
The Gophers's defense was also instrumental in the team securing the win.
"The Illini crossed midfield only once in the second half, getting to Minnesota's 36 in the fourth quarter before turning the ball over on downs," the Star Tribune said.