Scores

Final

Tulsa 10

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Minnesota 49

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, August 30, 2003

1 2 3 4 T
TLSA 0 0 0 1010
MINN 7 28 7 749

Minnesota 49, Tulsa 10

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Marion Barber III ran for three touchdowns and Asad Abdul-Khaliq threw for two other scores to lead Minnesota to a 49-10 season-opening win over Tulsa on Saturday night.

With Barber back in the lineup after receiving a medical redshirt last year, the Gophers got to showcase their trio of talented running backs and dominated the Golden Hurricane, spoiling the debut of Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe.

Thomas Tapeh led the Gophers with 75 rushing yards; Barber had 48; and Terry Jackson II, who had more than 1,000 yards rushing last season, finished with 59 and a touchdown.

After an impressive freshman season, Barber was expected to lead the backfield last year but was hobbled by a hamstring injury early in the season and never recovered. But he looked like his old self on Saturday with his bursts of speed and sharp cuts.

Abdul-Khaliq, who went 13-for-17 for 204 yards, had an unusual 48-yard TD pass to Jared Ellerson with 10 seconds left in the first half.

Abdul-Khaliq threw the ball into the left corner of the end zone. Aaron Hosack -- who also had a TD reception in the second quarter -- and Tulsa cornerback Oliver Fletcher went for the ball, which tipped out of Hosack's hands. Ellerson was waiting behind Hosack and made the catch to put the Gophers ahead 35-0 at halftime.

Ellerson caught seven passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns, the most yards receiving by a Gopher since Ron Johnson had 181 against Iowa in 2001. He caught his second touchdown from Benji Kamrath.

It was a rough night for Tulsa quarterback James Kilian, who inherited the starting job when Tyler Gooch transferred to Oklahoma to pursue a baseball career this summer. Kilian went 18-for-32 for 171 yards.

Eric Richardson, Tulsa's leading rusher for the past two seasons, was held to 28 yards on the ground and caught three passes for 38.

The Hurricane's opening drive started off promising. Kilian and Richardson led Tulsa from its own 36 to the Minnesota 13, but Brad DeVault missed a 31-yard field goal attempt.

Barber capped off the ensuing 80-yard drive with a one-yard leap into the end zone to give Minnesota a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.

Barber scored again on Minnesota's next drive, taking Abdul-Khaliq's pitch and streaking in from the left side for a 12-yard score. His third touchdown came on a 4-yard run to make it 28-0.

Tulsa avoided the shutout on Kilian's 1-yard TD run on fourth down early in the fourth quarter.

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