Updated: 08/29/2014 1:07 AM
Created: 08/29/2014 12:05 AM KSTP.com
By: Kerry Klatt
Jerry Kill was pleased to earn a win in his fourth season opener as head coach of the Minnesota Gophers.
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Especially considering he admitted his staff knew little of what to expect out of their opponent, Eastern Illinois. The Panthers overhauled their coaching staff, leaving plenty of questions as Kill and his staff pored over videotape of last year's Eastern Illinois team in preparation.
Early in the game, Kill's defense - and some turnovers at opportunistic moments - held Eastern Illinois in check while the Gopher offense needed time to find its stride.
Once the offense clicked, and special teams struck for a touchdown off a blocked punt, it was clear sailing for the home squad.
Eventually, Kill's team put together a solid effort to earn a 42-20 win that wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicates.