LA-Lafayette 14

(0-4, 0-1 Sun Belt)

Minnesota 48

(4-0, 3-0 home)

8:00 PM ET, September 20, 2003

1 2 3 4 T
ULL 0 7 0 714
MINN 17 24 0 748


MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Laurence Maroney, Marion Barber III and No. 24 Minnesota are entering Big Ten Conference play on a roll.

Maroney rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown and Barber ran for 120 yards and two scores as the Golden Gophers manhandled Louisiana-Lafayette, 48-14, for their 600th all-time victory.

Minnesota (4-0), which won its first four games for the first time since 1999, outgained Louisiana-Lafayette on the ground, 356-50, as it became the 25th school - the fourth in the Big Ten - to win 600 games. The Gophers are 600-419-44.

Barber, who ran for a school record-tying four touchdowns in a 42-10 rout of Ohio last week, scored on runs of 15 and seven yards to give the Gophers a 14-0 advantage with 7:41 left in the opening quarter.

Minnesota scored the game's first 31 points and took a 41-7 lead into the break on a two-yard run by Thomas Tapeh.

Eric Rekieta completed 13-of-23 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns for the Ragin' Cajuns (0-3), who have been outscored by Minnesota by 127-39 in matchups the last three years.