Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill was now resting comfortably at home after suffering a seizure at halftime of the Gophers’ 29-12 win over Western Illinois Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.
“Coach Kill is back home and is doing well. We appreciate everyone’s support,” the university announced on its official website.
Kill, a known epileptic, suffered a seizure at the end of the first half of the game.
“He was attended to by medical personnel on the field and was then driven to a local hospital as a precaution to ensure proper medication levels,” said senior associate athletic director Chris Werle.
“Coach Kill’s staff, which is the most tenured in the nation, and his team are well acquainted with his condition and are prepared if a situation like this arises,” he added.
After a close first half, the Gophers pulled away with running backs David Cobb and Rodrick Williams leading the way with a combined four touchdowns, three in the second half.
Cobb finished with 85 yards on 13 carries while Williams had 56 yards on 10 rushes as the Gophers cruised to their third straight win in as many games.
“They did not panic at halftime and played very well in the second half as far as team football goes. I thought we played very well as a team in the second half and finished the game,” said defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys.
Mitch Leidner completed seven of eight passes for 105 yards but his throwing ability wasn’t needed as the Gophers rushed for 245 yards compared to just 93 by Western Illinois.
Trenton Norvell hit 11 of 23 passes for 162 yards and two scores while J.C. Baker rushed for 55 yards on seven touches for the Leathernecks, who slipped to 2-1.