MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Asad Abdul-Khaliq threw for two scores and ran for another as Minnesota posted its first shutout in three years with a 42-0 blanking of Southwest Texas State in the season opener for both teams.
Abdul-Khaliq, who was 6-for-7 for 172 yards, got the Golden Gophers on the board just 23 seconds into the contest, when he completed a 75-yard pass to tight end Ben Utecht.
The quarterback connected on a 67-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Hosack with 4:34 remaining in the opening quarter to make it 28-0.
Thomas Tapeh extended the Gophers' advantage to 35-0 on a two-yard run three seconds into the second quarter and Zack Kartak completed the scoring with a five-yard run with 49 seconds left in the third.
Minnesota outgained Southwest Texas State 395-129 in total offense. The Bobcats were limited to just 75 rushing yards and 54 passing yards.
The Gophers last shut out an opponent in 1999, when they defated Louisiana-Monroe, 35-0.