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|Gray Guides Minnesota Past Skidding Illinois
|MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- MarQueis Gray rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another score, guiding Minnesota past backsliding Illinois 27-7 on Saturday in the season finale and sending the Fighting Illini to their sixth straight defeat.
Gray took off 27 times to break the single-season rushing record for a Golden Gophers quarterback, giving him 966 yards. Billy Cockerham had 831 yards rushing in 1999.
Troy Pollard's 11-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the only highlight for the Illini (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten), who wasted their best start in 60 years and put coach Ron Zook's job in obvious danger.
Nathan Scheelhaase, who was 4-for-6 for 15 yards in a time share with Reilly O'Toole, lost a costly fumble on one of his five sacks.
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