MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Asad Abdul-Khaliq tossed three touchdown passes and threw for 189 yards as Minnesota defeated Buffalo 41-17 to open 4-0 for the first time in three years.
The Golden Gophers jumped out to a 31-14 lead thanks to four touchdowns and a field goal on their first five possessions of the game. Abdul-Khaliq connected with Jared Ellerson for two of the scores on TD passes of 26 and 18 yards.
Minnesota's first TD came on a fake field goal at 12:26 of the first quarter when holder Preston Gruening dashed into the end zone.
Abdul-Khaliq completed 16-of-26 passes to eight different receivers,while Terry Jackson II rushed for a career-high 124 yards on 14 carries.
Buffalo (1-3), which had not faced a Big Ten team since 1901 when Michigan defeated it 128-0, converted only 3-of-14 opportunities on third down.
The Bulls'Randall Secky completed 20-of-35 for 190 yards and a TD and was sacked five times.
With 336 yards on the ground, the Gophers have compiled at least 200 rushing yards in their first four games this season.