Gophers coach Kill has seizure, leaves game

September 10, 2011 - 7:00 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's team doctor says head coach Jerry Kill is in stable condition at a local hospital after suffering a seizure late in the game against New Mexico State.

Kill was taken from TCF Bank Stadium by ambulance Saturday night after collapsing on the sidelines with 20 seconds to go in the game. Team doctor Pat Smith says Kill "was at no time under any risk in any way."

Smith says the 90-degree temperature coupled with dehydration might have played a role in the seizure.

With the Gophers down 28-21 and trying for the tying touchdown, medical personnel suddenly surrounded Kill on the sideline. He was rolling around on the turf, with his arms and legs flapping back and forth at times, silencing the stadium.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill was taken by ambulance from TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday night after collapsing late in the game against New Mexico State.

With 20 seconds left on the clock, the Gophers trailed 28-21 with the ball, trying for the tying touchdown. Medical personnel suddenly surrounded Kill on the sideline. He was rolling around on the turf, with his arms and legs flapping back and forth at times, silencing the stadium.

After about 15 minutes Kill was put on a stretcher, and the crowd clapped and chanted "Jerry! Jerry!" as he was rolled away.

Kill twice had seizures late in games while coaching at Southern Illinois, once in 2001 and again in 2005. He also collapsed and had a seizure while taping a television show in 2006. Each time, he was able to return to work without missing a game.