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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New Mexico State hasn’t enjoyed very many victories like this one at Minnesota.
The celebration for the Aggies was tempered by a scary situation on the other team’s sideline.
New Mexico State’s 28-21 win took a sobering turn on Saturday when Gophers coach Jerry Kill had a seizure with 20 seconds left in the game and was taken away by ambulance.
Kill was stabilized, and Minnesota’s team physician said the coach’s condition was not life-threatening.
New Mexico State coach DeWayne Walker gathered his team to pray for Kill during the break, which lasted about 15 minutes. Then his defense forced quarterback MarQueis Gray into his third straight incompletion to end the game.
“This is a signature win for our program that hopefully we can build on,” said Walker, who raised his record to 6-21 at NMSU.
The Aggies have long been buried at the bottom of the NCAA’s top tier. They haven’t finished with a winning record since 2002, and their last postseason appearance was the Sun Bowl in 1960.
This was their first victory over a Big Ten team, and their first win against a foe from a BCS conference since beating Arizona State in 1999.
Walker was actually a starting cornerback for the Gophers in 1980-81, so this was extra special for him. Walker said he told Kill before the game that, as a former Gophers player, he’s happy that Kill has the job.