LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- One week after tragedy struck its defense, Minnesota came out with a dominating showing on both sides of the ball.
In its first game since freshman linebacker Brandon Hall was shot to death, Asad Abdul-Khaliq threw four touchdowns passes as Minnesota routed Louisiana-Lafayette, 35-11.
The Golden Gophers (2-0) registered 458 yards of total offense and their defense held Louisiana-Lafayette to just 133 yards.
UL-Lafayette took an early 3-0 lead and held it throughout the first quarter.
But Abdul-Khaliq directed a pair of scoring drives and connected with Ben Utecht on two short TD passes, giving Minnesota a 14-3 lead.
In the third quarter, UL-Lafayette got within 14-9 on Nick Dugas had a 68-yard punt return.
But Utecht's third TD of the game made it 21-9 with 7:45 left in the third.
Utecht had seven catches for 78 yards, while Abdul-Khaliq was 18-for-27 for 246 yards.
Louisiana-Lafayette's Jon Van Cleve completed 10-of-23 passes for 85 yards. He threw two interceptions and has eight in his first two games.