Gophers are off and running with Marion Barber III

Updated: September 14, 2003, 4:06 PM ET

ATHENS, Ohio -- Marion Barber III took it in stride.

The sophomore running back eclipsed 1,000 career rushing yards and tied a school record with four touchdowns in Minnesota's 42-20 victory against Ohio on Saturday, and all he did was shrug.

"I'm just happy that I'm out here with the team," he said.

Barber rarely shows any emotion, not even on a day when he rushed for a game-high 104 yards on 18 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 3, 4, 2 and 19 yards, while Minnesota rolled up ...

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