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University of Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner runs for a touchdown in the first quarter during a game against Eastern Illinois on Thursday at TCF Bank Stadium. Minnesota defeated Eastern Illinois 42-20. USA Today Sports

Gophers easily handle Eastern Illinois in opener

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MINNEAPOLIS – Gophers coach Jerry Kill had so much respect for the Eastern Illinois Panthers that he compared them to North Dakota State, a lower-level team that has three straight national championships and two wins against his program.

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Not even close.

Thursday’s opponent was ranked No. 11 in the Football Championship Subdivision, but Minnesota easily took care of Eastern Illinois 42-20 in the season opener at TCF Bank Stadium.

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