MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Terry Jackson II rushed for a career-high 159 yards and fullback Thomas Tapeh added 113 yards and a touchdown as Minnesota handed Illinois its third straight loss, 31-10, in a Big Ten Conference contest.
Minnesota (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) ran all over the defending Big Ten champions, rolling up 302 rushing yards against the conference's ninth-ranked run defense.
Jackson and Tapeh became the second pair of Golden Gophers in less than a year to top 100 yards in the same game after Marion Barber III and Tellis Redmon performed the feat against Michigan State last October 20.
Jackson, a sophomore, carried just 16 times. Tapeh rushed 27 times and scored from one yard out on the final play of the first half to snap a 10-10 tie.
Off to their best start since 1999, the Golden Gophers made it 24-10 on an 11-yard keeper by quarterback Asad Abdul-Khaliq early in the third quarter. Jermaine Mays recovered a blocked punt in the end zone just over four minutes later to cap the scoring.
Illinois (1-5, 0-2) scored its lone touchdown midway through the second period on a 16-yard pass from Jon Beutjer to Walter Young. But Beutjer was sacked three times and completed just 14-of-29 passes for 165 yards.
The Fighting Illini got on the board first with a safety, but Abdul-Khaliq hit Aaron Hosack for a nine-yard touchdown midway through the opening quarter and Dan Nystrom made it 10-3 with a 23-yard field goal.
Nystrom grabbed sole possession of the career field goal record at Minnesota and moved into a tie for fifth place on the all-time Big Ten list.
Abdul-Khaliq was 15-for-27 for 144 yards with an interception.
The Golden Gophers have won four of the last five meetings with Illinois, which is off to its worst start since an 0-11 season in 1997.