Minnesota avoids Colorado in Minneapolis
By Garin Turner
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 3-0 after beating the Colorado Buffaloes (0-3) 49-7 behind three touchdown passes from Tanner Morgan and three touchdowns from Mohamed Ibrahim.
The Gophers rushed 53 times for 343 yards and four scores against the Buffaloes. Morgan went 11/16 for 157 yards. Ibrahim rushed 23 times for 202 yards.
Ibrahim scored twice in the first quarter on five and two yard runs to give Minnesota a 14-0 lead. Ibrahim scored for the third time in the second quarter on an 18-yard run.
Tanner threw his first score with 1:37 left in the half on a 39-yard pass to Chris Autman-Bell. With eight seconds remaining, Tanner found Dylan Wright for 16 yards to make it 35-0 at halftime. Autman-Bell left the game with an apparent right knee injury.
Minnesota would score again in the third quarter when Morgan connected with Clay Geary for 8 yards for a 42-0 score. The Gophers’ final score came on a 22-yard run from Bryce Williams at fourth.
The Buffaloes’ only score came at 8:55 when JT Shrout passed Austin Smith for a four-yard score.
The Golden Gophers limited Colorado to 226 total yards (only 90 passes). Minnesota was 13/15 on third down while Colorado went 1/12. Minnesota had 500 yards of offense.
Deion Smith had 10 carries for 70 yards for Colorado. Isaiah Lewis had an interception for the Buffaloes.
Minnesota has reached QBs three times. Lorenza Surgers, TerellSmith and Danny Strigggow all had a bag.
Minnesota opens the BIG Ten road game against No. 11 Michigan State on Saturday afternoon.
Colorado hosts UCLA in its Pac-12 opener.