MINNEAPOLIS -- Asad Abdul-Khaliq's debut was dampened by one good whack.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers' new starting quarterback threw three touchdowns before leaving with a concussion in the second quarter of Minnesota's 47-10 route of Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.
Abdul-Khaliq, a 20-year-old freshman, absorbed a helmet-to-chin hit from Henry Whitehead on a cornerback blitz with 3:18 left in the half. He was replaced by junior college transfer Travis Cole.
Coach Glen Mason said Abdul-Khaliq should play next week against Ohio.
Sept. 2 Louisiana-Monroe W, 47-10
Sept. 9 Ohio, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 16 at Baylor, 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 23 at Purdue, 11 a.m.
Sept. 30 Illinois, 11 a.m.
Oct. 7 Penn St., 11 a.m.
Oct. 14 at Ohio St., 11 a.m.
Oct. 21 at Indiana, 1 p.m.
Oct. 28 Northwestern, 11 a.m.
Nov. 4 at Wisconsin, 1 p.m.
Nov. 18 Iowa, 11 a.m.
"All indications are he'll be fine next week," Mason said. "Our quarterbacks don't get hit during practice, remember. So, that helps."
Abdul-Khaliq completed 12 of 18 passes for 161 yards. Cole was 4 of 7 for 78 yards and guided the Gophers on three scoring drives. Neither threw an interception.
Indians strong safety Derrick McGill was carted off with his head immobilized after being knocked unconscious during a kickoff in the fourth quarter. Coach Bobby Keasler said McGill was moving his arms and legs when taken to a hospital for X-rays of his neck and head.
The Gophers, coming off an 8-4 season that was their best since 1967, started off slowly in the opener against a school they steamrolled 35-0 last year, trailing 7-3 after one quarter.
The Indians, an independent that will join the Sun Belt Conference next year, scored on quarterback Andy Chance's 29-yard keeper in the first quarter. Jermain Mayes returned the resulting kickoff 60 yards, setting up Dan Nystrom's 25-yard field goal.
Abdul-Khaliq, who redshirted last year behind Billy Cockerham and who won the starting job when Andy Persby bypassed his senior year for a pro baseball career, connected with tight end Ben Utecht for a 38-yard score on the first play of the second quarter for a 10-7 Gophers lead.
He added touchdown throws of 37 and 18 yards to Ron Johnson before leaving with the concussion.
"To see him go off on a cart just really made is step it up on defense because he's a young quarterback and his backup is a young guy," Minnesota free safety Delvin Jones said.
Abdul-Khaliq threw a pass over Whitehead and was hit before he had time to cover up or brace for the impact.
"He hadn't been hit in three years, so we expected that," Johnson said. "But thankfully, he should be OK."
Tailback Tellis Redmon said: "We were all shaken up because we thought something really bad had happened to him. Everybody was really relieved afterward to walk in the locker room and see he was going to be OK."
Justin Mink's 28-yard field goal pulled the Indians to 24-10 at halftime. The score stayed that way until 2:50 of the third quarter, when the Gophers went on a 23-point burst over nine minutes.
Mason said the Gophers' deeper bench finally did in the Indians.
"I just think we've got more good football players than those guys ... and the cumulative effect finally took its toll."
Redmon, filling in for Thomas Tapeh (foot), scored on runs of 5 and 1 yard, and Cole's 4-yard bootleg made it 45-10. The final points came on a safety when an Indians' snap went out of the end zone.
Redmon finished with 101 yards on 27 carries.
"We had a chance to do well against a good football team," Keasler said. "But we self-destructed. Our kicking game was pitiful."
It included punts of 15 and 2 yards, the latter being deflected by Jimmy Henry.
"Minnesota is a good football team," Keasler said. "We helped them quite a bit. They don't need help. We do."
Notes: Gophers wideout Antoine Henderson was lost for several weeks with a knee injury incurred on special teams. ... Nystrom missed a 46-yarder in the third quarter, breaking a streak of 14 straight field goal conversions. ... At halftime, the Gophers honored Ray Christensen, who began his 50th season as their radio voice by broadcasting his 500th game Saturday. ... Gophers sophomore Preston Gruening kicked a 65-yarder on his first punt of his career. His second sailed 52 yards for a game average of 58.
La.-Monroe 7 3 0 0 --10
Minnesota 3 21 7 16 --47
ULM--Chance 29-yard run (Mink kick), 8:53.
MIN--FG Nystrom 25, 5:46.
MIN--Utecht 38 pass from Abdul-Khaliq (Nystrom kick), 14:53.
MIN--Johnson 37 pass from Abdul-Khaliq (Nystrom kick), 13:05.
MIN--Johnson 18 pass from Abdul-Khaliq (Nystrom kick), 5:25.
ULM--FG 28 Mink, 0:04.
MIN--Redmon 5 run (Nystrom kick), 2:50.
MIN--Redmon 1 run (Nystrom kick), 14:11.
MIN--Cole 4 run (Nystrom kick), 9:40.
MIN--Team safety, ULM snap out of end zone, 7:50.
First downs 15 22
Rushes-yards 33-59 46-172
Passing 173 258
Comp-Att-Int 17-32-0 18-28-0
Return Yards 9 39
Punts-Avg. 6-26.8 2-58.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 0-0
Penalties-Yards 7-41 9-97
Possession Time 28:57 31:03
RUSHING--La.-Monroe, Chance 12-73, Jacobs 13-44, Henderson 3-6, Wynn 1-0, Team 1-(minus-11), Cocoran 2-(minus-25), Hunnicutt 1-(minus-28). Minnesota, Redmon 27-101, Fitzpatrick 12-44, Abdul-Khaliq 3-26, Cole 1-4, Kamrath 3-(minus-3).
PASSING--La.-Monroe, Chance 17-30-0 173, Cocoran 0-2-0 0. Minnesota, Abdul-Khaliq 12-18-0 161, Cole 4-7-0 78, Kamrath 2-3-0 19.
RECEIVING--La.-Monroe, Stevenson 7-103, Carter 3-38, Jacobs 3-(minus-1), Brown 2-13, Adams 1-14, Greer 1-6. Minnesota, Johnson 6-80, Mays 2-54, Utecht 2-47, Brewer 2-24, Stenzel 2-19, Redmon 2-10, Jones 1-16, Fitzpatrick 1-8.
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