Minnesota running back David Cobb (27) is tackled by Illinois defensive lineman Jihad Ward (17) during the first half of an NCAA football game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois turned to its much-criticized defense Saturday for a late touchdown and a defensive stand that delivered a 28-24 win over Minnesota.

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