David Cobb sat among his University of Minnesota teammates Saturday, listening to coaches talk about how they needed to stay focused and trust that head coach Jerry Kill was fine after a halftime seizure.
“Coach Kill has told us and trained us well,” Cobb said. “We just had a quick prayer and kept moving on.”
Cobb, an Ellison High School graduate, and fellow running back Rodrick Williams responded in the second half with 123 of their combined 138 rushing yards in a 29-12 win over Western Illinois at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The pair also combined for four touchdowns.
Williams started in place of injured junior Donnell Kirkwood, who missed his second straight game with an ankle sprain. He followed his 148-yard performance the previous week with 10 carries for 56 yards and two touchdowns, including a 37-yard scoring run.
After getting beat for the starting job, Cobb sparked the Gophers in the second half to finish with 13 carries for 82 yards and two touchdowns.
Cobb had just two carries for minus-1 yard in the first half, but he broke out for a 30-yard run on his first carry of the third quarter.
On the following drive, Cobb scored to give the Gophers a 15-12 lead.
“If you’re in there for one play or 15 plays, you have to take advantage of it like it’s your last play,” Cobb said.