GAMEDAY College Football

Minnesota 30, Colorado 0

By PAT GRAHAM
AP Sports Writer

BOULDER, Colo. - Thomas Rush's big-play afternoon looked like this: Three tackles, two sacks and assisting fans who fell a short distance near the north end zone after a retaining barrier broke.

The Minnesota defensive lineman was one of several Gophers players and team personnel who came to the rescue when a fence gave way along the Minnesota sideline as the team celebrated following the game. The advertising signs helped brace the short fall - the Gophers mascot was knocked to the ground - and police quickly arrived to assist. No injuries were reported.

An eventful day from start to finish for the Gophers.

Trey Potts ran for three touchdowns, Minnesota's swarming defense held Colorado to just 63 total yards and the Gophers won their 21st straight nonconference game by beating the Buffaloes 30-0 on Saturday.

"We were all on the same page," Rush said.

This marked the first time Colorado (1-2) has been shut out at Folsom Field since Nov. 3, 2012, against Stanford. The last nonconference team to shut out Colorado in Boulder was LSU on Sept. 15, 1979.

In addition, it was the first shutout of a Power Five team on the road by Minnesota since Nov. 12, 1977, at Illinois.

"We came in here with incredible focus," Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck explained. "What our defense did was a wonderful performance."

Wearing shiny gold helmets, the Gophers defense certainly sparkled. They sacked Colorado QB Brendon Lewis four times and held the Buffaloes offense to no passing plays of more than 15 yards or any runs longer than 10. Colorado had just 7 total yards in the first half and couldn't get anything going in the second half, either. The Buffaloes finished with minus-19 yards on the ground.

Minnesota also forced two turnovers - one on a fumble from Lewis and another when Dimitri Stanley muffed a punt.

The Gophers (2-1) made it a memorable afternoon for Fleck, who was coaching in his 100th career game. He's now 58-42 overall, including 28-20 in five seasons with Minnesota.

They finished with a 441-63 total-yards edge.

Potts had TD runs of 13, 2 and 3 yards on his way to a 121-yard performance. It was another strong showing since taking over for injured tailback Mohamed Ibrahim, who was using a scooter to move around the sideline with his lower left leg in a green cast. Potts had 178 yards and two scores last weekend.

"We played lights out," Potts said.

About the only hiccup was the kicking game, where senior Matthew Trickett missed 24- and 46-yard field goals along with an extra point. Trickett connected on a 33-yarder in the fourth quarter to make it 23-0.

Minnesota's 21 straight nonconference win streak is the longest active one in the nation. The Gophers haven't lost a game out of conference since Sept. 3, 2015, against TCU. The streak includes 17 regular-season victories and four bowl wins.

The Buffaloes never found an offense that worked for Lewis, who was under constant pressure. He finished 8 of 16 for 55 yards before giving way to freshman Drew Carter in the fourth quarter. There was a scary play late in the fourth when Carter was shoved out of bounds and toppled over a barrier. He quickly returned to the game.

"That was a complete, I would say, beatdown in every way," Colorado coach Karl Dorrell said. "We're not the flashiest thing in town right now, and I get that, and we're going to continue to work and get ourselves better and to get our fan base to be excited again. ... That wasn't good enough."

The last time these two teams met was in 1992, when the Buffaloes had an anemic first half on offense before pulling out a 21-20 win in Minneapolis.

Not this time.

"You've just got to look yourself in the mirror as a man, see you got out-physicalled," Colorado defensive end Carson Wells said. "Come back tomorrow with a better mindset."


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter MinnColo
Minn TD 12:19 Trey Potts 13 yd run (missed kick) 6 0
Minn TD 5:38 Trey Potts 2 yd run (Matthew Trickett kick) 13 0
Third Quarter MinnColo
Minn TD 0:23 Trey Potts 3 yd run (Matthew Trickett kick) 20 0
Fourth Quarter MinnColo
Minn FG 9:53 Matthew Trickett 33 yd FG 23 0
Minn TD 5:09 Ky Thomas 14 yd run (Matthew Trickett kick) 30 0
Team Stats
  Minnesota Colorado
First downs 22 6
  Rushing 13 3
  Passing 8 3
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 3-11, 27% 2-12, 17%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 53-277 21--19
Passing Yards 164 82
Return Yards 44 30
Completions-Attempts-Int 11-17-0 12-24-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--2 4--31
Punts 4 8
Punts-Average 43.3 51.9
Fumbles Lost 2-0 3-2
Penalties - Yards 4-34 3-30
Time of Possession 40:13 19:47
Minnesota Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Morgan 11 17 164 0 0
Colorado Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Lewis 8 16 55 0 0
D. Carter 4 8 27 0 0
Minnesota Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Potts 26 121 4.7 3
M. Irving 15 89 5.9 0
K. Thomas 7 66 9.4 1
T. Morgan 3 1 0.3 0
B. Williams 1 1 1.0 0
B. Andries 0 1 0
Colorado Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Carter 2 9 4.5 0
J. Broussard 5 8 1.6 0
A. Fontenot 3 4 1.3 0
D. Smith 1 1 1.0 0
A. Clayton 2 -4 -2.0 0
B. Lewis 7 -27 -3.9 0
Minnesota Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Autman-Bell 4 79 19.8 0
D. Jackson 4 39 9.8 0
D. Wright 1 39 39.0 0
K. Kieft 1 4 4.0 0
M. Irving 1 3 3.0 0
Colorado Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Rice 3 25 8.3 0
A. Fontenot 2 12 6.0 0
C. Penry 1 12 12.0 0
B. Russell 2 10 5.0 0
T. Robinson 1 9 9.0 0
D. Arias 1 8 8.0 0
J. Stacks 1 3 3.0 0
J. Broussard 1 3 3.0 0
Minnesota Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Colorado Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Minnesota Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Crawford 4 173 43.3
Colorado Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Watts 8 415 51.9
Minnesota Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Potts 3 29 9.7
B. Annexstad 1 15 15.0
Colorado Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Stanley 3 8 2.7
Minnesota Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Colorado Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Rice 1 22 22.0
Minnesota Missed FG
Player Length
M. Trickett 24
M. Trickett 46
Colorado Missed FG
Player Length




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