MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- It's hard to see much progress in dismantling an overmatched team for the second straight week.
But the Minnesota Gophers believe they're taking steps in the right direction.
After a slow start, Minnesota dominated Troy State as expected, routing the Trojans 48-7 on Saturday.
The Gophers offense, which scored 49 points a week earlier against Tulsa, was led by Asad Abdul-Khaliq, who threw for 171 yards, one passing touchdown and also had a rushing score. The running game was overwhelming again, racking up 292 of Minnesota's 468 total yards.
Coach Glen Mason was even impressed by the kicking game. Kicker Rhys Lloyd, a junior college transfer, hit his first two field goals as a Gopher, including a 52-yard kick in the first quarter.
About the only disappointment was the defense's inability to shut out the Trojans.
"Shutting them down until the fourth quarter was very good on our part, but we wished we could have shut them down until the end," defensive tackle Darrell Reid said.
Troy State's only points came on backup quarterback Aaron Leak's 1-yard run on fourth down with 6:41 left. That play capped off a 20-play, 80-yard drive.
"You always hate to lose a shutout at the end," safety Eli Ward said. "It's kind of disappointing."
Although they missed a couple of tackles along with the shutout, the defense dominated. The Gophers held Troy State to 189 total yards. The three Trojans quarterbacks -- starter Hansell Bearden and backups Leak and Franco Johnson -- combined for just 64 yards passing.
The Trojans fumbled three times, losing two of them.
"Last week, we were upset we didn't get any turnovers, but we worked on that this week and tonight it paid off," Reid said.
But for the second straight week, the offense stole the show.
Abdul-Khaliq set a school record with his 41st career touchdown pass in the third quarter, breaking Cory Sauter's old mark of 40 from 1994-97. The senior captain hit Aaron Hosack on a 55-yard touchdown pass to give the Gophers a 34-0 lead.
"It was nice to get it done on a deep pass," Abdul-Khaliq said. "You'd hate to do it on a dump pass in the end zone," he said with a laugh.
Hosack, who caught three balls for 105 yards, said "We're just fine-tuning our offense. We've got a lot of weapons to use, and we're working to make sure that everyone's ready for the big games."
The Gophers have outscored their opponents 97-17 in their first two games.
Troy State 0 0 0 7 -- 7
Minnesota 10 10 14 14 -- 48
Min--FG Lloyd 52, 4:15.
Min--Barber 8 run (Lloyd kick), 0:14.
Min--FG Lloyd 26, 10:01.
Min--Abdul-Khaliq 8 run (Lloyd kick), 2:41.
Min--Tapeh 15 run (Lloyd kick), 10:30.
Min--Hosack 55 pass from Abdul-Khaliq (Lloyd kick), 8:00.
Min--Maroney 10 run (Lloyd kick), 14:26.
TSU--Leak 1 run (Olmsted kick), 6:41.
Min--Maroney 88 kickoff return (Lloyd kick), 6:30.
First downs 15 26
Rushes-yards 40-125 55-292
Passing 64 176
Comp-Att-Int 10-31-0 11-18-176
Return Yards 150 185
Punts-Avg. 10-44.1 2-42.5
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 0-0
Penalties-Yards 2-20 5-40
Time of Possession 28:42 31:18
RUSHING--Troy State, Fraser 13-57, Betterson 11-36, Richardson 5-24, Leak 5-17, Johnson 3-9, Bearden 3-(-18). Minnesota, Barber 12-60, Jackson 16-59, Tapeh 9-54, Abdul-Khaliq 7-54, Maroney 7-48, Hagen 4-17.
PASSING--Troy State, Leak 5-16-0 29, Bearden 5-14-0 35, Johnson 0-1-0 0. Minnesota, Abdul-Khaliq 10-16-1 171, Kamrath 0-1-1 0, Tapeh 1-1-0 5.
RECEIVING--Troy State, Samples 3-19, Moore 3-15, Cox 1-12, Betterson 1-8, Smith 1-8, Lesley 1-2. Minnesota, Hosack 3-105, Spaeth 3-31, Tapeh 2-25, Ellerson 1-7, Abdul-Khaliq 1-5, Barber 1-3.
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