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The Gophers combined bigplays on offense and a strong defensive performance in their 44-7 home openingwin at TCF Bank Stadium.

Senior quarterback MarQueis Gray carried 17 times rushing for 109 yards and 2touchdowns. His biggest run of the afternoon came in the first quarter on a 75yard scamper that resulted in a Gopher touchdown. The play came on the heels ofa touchdown drive by New Hampshirethat cut the Gopher lead to 9-7 and left fans wondering.

That run seemed to jump start the offense. After the big play, the Gophersoutscored the Wildcats 35-0 and out gained them 287-124.

Defensively, the Gophers were staunch against the run allowing only 68 yards onthe ground. They also sacked UNH quarterbacks four times, forced one fumble andintercepted Andy Vailas in the second half.

In addition to Gray's game, sophomore Donnel Kirkwood rushed 17 times for 70yards and scored a touchdown as the Gophers piled up 240 yards on the ground.

Max Shortell worked two series in relief and completed five-of-six passes for72 yards and a touchdown.

The Gophers up their record to 2-0 on the season and will host Western Michigannext Saturday at 11:00 A.M.

Score by Quarters1234Total
New Hampshire70007

Game Notes:

Points a plenty:
The 44 points scored in regulation is the most for the Gophers sincedefeating Indiana63-26 in 2006.

Safety at home:
The Gophers defense started strong forcing UNH to a three and out beforetaking advantage of a bad snap on the punt attempt and forcing a safety to takea 2-0 lead.

50 shades of Gray:
Gray followed up his strong opening night performance with another gem. Thedual threat machine racked up 209 yards of total offense. The yards weren't asmany through the air as they were against UNLV in the opener, but he stillthrew for 100 yards keeping the UNH defense honest while making his money onthe ground.

Not quite a full house:
The announced attendance was 47,022.

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