MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Asad Abdul-Khaliq knows it's too early to start patting himself on the back.
He's thrown six touchdowns for the Golden Gophers over the last two games, completing 71 percent of his passes without an interception. And he's ranked second in the nation in pass efficiency (232.1) and leads the Big Ten in total offense (247.5).
But such numbers can be expected against teams like Southwest Texas State and Louisiana-Lafayette.
"I sit back and say, 'I had a good play, I did this play good,' or whatever. But once the next week comes and we have another opponent, you have to forget about that stuff and worry about the team that's coming up this week," he said Tuesday.
Still, his performance is a great sign.
After spending last season rotating with Travis Cole, Abdul-Khaliq, a junior from Elizabeth, N.J., is entering his first season as the designated starter.
He threw for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener over Div. 1-AA Southwest Texas State. Last Saturday, he threw a career-high four touchdown passes against Louisiana-Lafayette.
But starting this week against Toledo, Minnesota's schedule gets harder. The following week, Minnesota opens Big 10 play against Purdue, which nearly pulled off an upset of Notre Dame last weekend.
"If something bad happens, I can't worry about it," Abdul-Khaliq said. "I have to go out there and act like it never happened and try to get something going on the next drive."
Not much has gone wrong for him so far this season.
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