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Updated: Sunday, September 8, 2002 1:09 AM EDT
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Minnesota 35, UL Lafayette 11

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.


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