GAMEDAY College Football

Minnesota 49, Colorado 7

By PAUL HODOWANIC
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Mo Ibrahim ran for three touchdowns, Tanner Morgan threw for three more and the Minnesota Gophers' defense stifled the Colorado Buffaloes in a 49-7 victory.

The Gophers' offense, ranked first in FBS in total yards and seventh in points scored entering the week, racked up 500 yards, including 349 yards in a 35-point first half. The starters scored touchdowns on six of their eight drives.

Ibrahim scored the team's first three touchdowns, the last an 18-yard run in the second quarter that tied him with Darrell Thompson for Minnesota's career rushing touchdowns record. Ibrahim compiled 202 rushing yards, a school-record fourth time he's run for 200-plus yards.

Morgan completed 11 of his 16 passes for 157 yards. After throwing an interception in the second quarter, Morgan threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter - a 39-yard strike to Chris Autman-Bell and a 16-yard throw to Dylan Wright - and added another in the third quarter.

Meanwhile, Colorado's offense was nearly non-existent as it continued to rotate Sophomores J.T. Shrout and Brendon Lewis at quarterback. Shrout started the game but was replaced by Lewis for the second series after Shrout was striped and sacked on the Buffaloes' first offensive snap. Shrout completed 4-of-11 passes for 24 yards and one touchdown. Lewis completed 2-of-6 passes for 14 yards. Colorado managed 227 yards, 136 of which came in the fourth quarter with most of the Gophers' starters out.

The Buffaloes' fourth quarter touchdown, a 4-yard touchdown throw from Shrout to Aubrey Smith, was the second touchdown the Gophers' defense has allowed all season.

It's the second year in a row that Minnesota has shut out Colorado. The Gophers beat the Buffaloes 30-0 in Boulder, Colo. last season.

It marked the return of Mike Sanford to the Twin Cities, now the offensive coordinator for the Buffaloes. Sanford was fired by Minnesota's P.J. Fleck last November after two seasons as the Gophers' offensive coordinator.

INJURED

Minnesota wide receiver Chris Autman-Bell left the game in the second quarter with an apparent right knee injury. Autman-Bell fell to the ground holding the knee after attempting to corral an errant pass from Morgan. He could not put any weight on his right leg as he left the field. Autman-Bell was the Gophers' No. 1 in 2021 and led the team in receiving through two games this season.

THE TAKEAWAY

Colorado's offensive struggles continue. The Buffaloes have averaged 10 points through three games and have yet to score two touchdowns in a game.

Minnesota rolled through non-conference play, outscoring opponents 149-17. The Gophers' three non-conference opponents went 8-27 in 2021 and are winless so far in 2022. Headed to Big Ten play the schedule gets tougher.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter ColoMinn
Minn TD 9:32 Mohamed Ibrahim 5 yard TD run (Matthew Trickett Extra Point) 0 7
Minn TD 8:44 Mohamed Ibrahim 2 yard TD run (Matthew Trickett Extra Point) 0 14
Second Quarter ColoMinn
Minn TD 9:08 Mohamed Ibrahim 18 yard TD run (Matthew Trickett Extra Point) 0 21
Minn TD 1:37 Chris Autman-Bell 39 yard TD pass from Tanner Morgan (Matthew Trickett Extra Point) 0 28
Minn TD 0:08 Dylan Wright 16 yard TD pass from Tanner Morgan (Matthew Trickett Extra Point) 0 35
Third Quarter ColoMinn
Minn TD 3:46 Clay Geary 8 yard TD pass from Tanner Morgan (Matthew Trickett Extra Point) 0 42
Fourth Quarter ColoMinn
Minn TD 14:14 Bryce Williams 22 yard TD run (Matthew Trickett Extra Point) 0 49
Colo TD 8:55 Austin Smith 4 yard TD pass from J.T. Shrout (Cole Becker Extra Point) 7 49
Team Stats
  Colorado Minnesota
First downs 15 31
  Rushing 10 21
  Passing 4 7
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 1-12, 8% 13-15, 87%
4th down efficiency 4-5, 80% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 34-136 52-334
Passing Yards 90 166
Return Yards 19 14
Completions-Attempts-Int 10-24-0 12-20-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-34 2-11
Punts 6 1
Fumbles Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 4-35 4-25
Colorado Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
O. McCown 4 7 52 0 0
J. Shrout 4 11 24 1 0
B. Lewis 2 6 14 0 0
Minnesota Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Morgan 11 16 157 3 1
C. Kramer 1 1 9 0 0
A. Kaliakmanis 0 1 0 0 0
Colorado Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Smith 10 70 7.0 0
C. Offerdahl 8 55 6.9 0
M. Bell 1 16 16.0 0
O. McCown 3 9 3.0 0
J. Stacks 6 8 1.3 0
B. Lewis 4 1 0.3 0
J. Shrout 2 -23 -11.5 0
Minnesota Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Ibrahim 23 202 8.8 3
B. Williams 4 58 14.5 1
T. Potts 13 51 3.9 0
A. Kaliakmanis 4 10 2.5 0
J. Nubin 2 7 3.5 0
P. Jelen 3 7 2.3 0
T. Morgan 3 -1 -0.3 0
Colorado Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Jackson 1 28 28.0 0
D. Arias 3 22 7.3 0
C. Fauria 1 15 15.0 0
M. Lemonious-Craig 1 10 10.0 0
E. Olsen 2 9 4.5 0
A. Smith 1 4 4.0 1
J. Stacks 1 2 2.0 0
Minnesota Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Autman-Bell 3 58 19.3 1
B. Spann-Ford 3 34 11.3 0
D. Wright 2 31 15.5 1
D. Jackson 2 26 13.0 0
L. Brockington 1 9 9.0 0
C. Geary 1 8 8.0 1
Colorado Interceptions
Player Int Yards
I. Lewis 1 0
Minnesota Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Colorado Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Logan 6 227 37.8
Minnesota Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Crawford 1 24 24.0
Colorado Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Minnesota Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Q. Redding 3 14 4.7
Colorado Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Bell 1 19 19.0
Minnesota Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Colorado Missed FG
Player Length
Minnesota Missed FG
Player Length




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