CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -Minnesota hassled
all day, sacking him five time and taking his fumble back for a decisive touchdown in the
' 27-20 upset Saturday.
brought down Williams at the
9 late in the fourth quarter,
scooped up the ball and ran it in for a touchdown and a 27-13 lead for the
(6-1, 2-1 Big Ten).
Just a week after he put up 431 combined yards in a win over Michigan, Williams was 26-of-41 passing for 462 yards and two
touchdowns. Illinois (3-3, 1-2) turned the ball over three times.
One second-quarter drive summed up the afternoon for Illinois.
With Minnesota up 7-0, Williams ran out of heavy pressure for a big first down to keep a drive alive.
But a few plays later, Williams was chased out of the pocket as wide receiver
ran open across the end zone, waving his arms to get his quarterback's attention.
Then an 8-yard sack forced the Illini to kick a field goal.
VanDeSteeg was Williams' biggest headache Saturday. The senior defensive end had three of the Gophers' sacks and five tackles.
rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns for Minnesota. His second touchdown, a 46-yarder early in the fourth quarter, gave
the Gophers a 20-6 lead and forced the Illini to play from behind, neutralizing their running game.
Illinois entered the game averaging 210.8 yards on the ground, but Minnesota held the Illini to just 88.
completed 18 of 26 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown.
He found receiver
, who entered the game with a Big Ten-best 50 catches, five times in the first quarter. They included a 25-yard touchdown
scored when Decker lunged to tuck the ball just inside the pylon on the game's opening drive.
Decker finished with nine catches for 86 yards.
Illinois sophomore receiver
caught 12 balls for 181 yards, his career high for yardage and third-straight 100-yard game.
Illini freshman A.J. Jenkins caught three passes for 117 yards, two of them long, late touchdowns that kept the Illini in