WACO, Texas -- Minnesota wasn't about to be upset two weeks in a row.
Thomas Tapeh ran for 183 yards and caught a touchdown pass, and Karon Riley knocked Baylor's quarterback out of the game as Minnesota beat the Bears 34-9 on Saturday.
Tapeh, a 228-pound freshman, scored on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Asad Abdul-Khaliq in the third quarter and had a 1-yard TD run in the fourth as the Gophers (2-1) wore down the undersized Bears (1-1). Tapeh had 32 carries.
"I was pleased how we bounced back," said Minnesota coach Glen Mason, talking about last week's loss to Ohio University. "When the truck's rolling downhill you've got to put the brakes on somewhere and get going back uphill. Hopefully, we got the brakes on and got it started in the right direction."
Mason said he was pleased with Tapeh's effort.
"Thomas is a big strong running back," Mason said. "We gave it to him a lot and I thought he did a pretty good job. He runs hard. He should get better and better."
Abdul-Khaliq, also a freshman, completed 14 of 20 passes for 172 yards and surrendered one interception.
He said Tapeh gives the Gophers confidence they can run and pass.
"He's going to be a real bruising back for us, one who can get the first down for us," Abdul-Khaliq said. "Our confidence is back up now which is good because we start the Big Ten season."
Renato Fitzpatrick scored Minnesota's final touchdown on a 14-yard run with 3:05 left.
Minnesota took a 13-3 lead to the dressing room at halftime thanks to a 22-yard scoring pass from Abdul-Khaliq to running back Tellis Redmon and field goals of 22 and 44 yards by Dan Nystrom. The last one came as time ran out in the second quarter.
Baylor suffered a big blow in the first quarter when junior college transfer quarterback Greg Cicero fractured his left collarbone on a hard tackle by Riley. The Bears were at the Minnesota 22 after Derrick Cash blocked Preston Gruening's punt. Baylor had to settle for a 25-yard field goal by Daniel Andino for a short-lived 3-0 lead.
Baylor coach Kevin Steele said losing Cicero knocked the Bears for a loop.
Steele said "it's tough to lose your starting quarterback in the first quarter of a game. We're not trying to make an excuse but it does compound things. Cicero gave us mature leadership. He was a coach on the field and we missed his ability to attack defenses.
Mason said Cicero going down changed the game.
"It sure helped us," Mason said. "When you have a setback like that what happens mentally to everyone on the sidelines is 'Oh, I can't believe that happened."'
Third-string quarterback Guy Tomcheck got the Bears a touchdown with 4:15 to play when he hit freshman Robert Quiroga with a 15-yard pass.
Minnesota started the season with a 47-10 victory over Louisiana-Monroe then suffered a 23-17 upset loss to Ohio University.
Baylor opened with a 20-7 victory over North Texas then took a week off the prepare for the Gophers.
It was the first meeting between the two schools.
Minnesota 7 6 7 14 -- 34
Baylor 3 0 0 6 -- 9
Bay--FG Andino 24, 8:24.
Minn--Redmon 22 pass from Abdul-Khaliq (Nystrom kick), 3:28.
Minn--FG Nystrom 22, 14:58.
Minn--FG Nystrom 44, 0:00.
Minn--Tapeh 27 pass from Abdul-Khaliq (Nystrom kick), 12:39.
Minn--Tapey 1 run (Nystrom kick), 9:35.
Bay--Quiroga 15 pss from Tomcheck (run failed), 4:15.
Minn--Fitzpatrick 14 run (Nystrom kick), 3:05.
First downs 22 14
Rushes-yards 55-289 26-56
Passing 172 123
Comp-Att-Int 14-20-1 15-40-1
Return Yards 32 33
Punts-Avg. 5-37 10-38
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 9-76 8-65
Time of Possession 30:28 29:32
RUSHING--Minnesota, Tapeh, 32-183, Fitzpatrick 7-50, Redmon 11-33, Abdul-Khaliq 5-23. Baylor, Barnett 4-15, Burkins 5-14, Golden 2-12, Tomcheck 3-6, O'Steen 1-4, Dalton 2-3, Bush 5-3, Odum 4-(minus 1).
PASSING--Minnesota, Adbul-Khalig, 14-20-1-172. Baylor, Cicero 2-2-0-15, Odum 9-26-1-62, Tomcheck 4-12-0-46.
RECEIVING--Minnesota, Mays 3-34, Johnston 3-25, Brewer 2-28, Jones 2-9, Tapeh 1-27, Redmon 1-22, Baugus 1-17, Burns 1-10. Baylor, Fuller 3-26, Quiroga 2-36, Newhouse 2-19, Obriotti 1-15, Darnell 1-11, O'Steen 1-7, Dossett 1-6, Ricks 1-5, Bush 1-3, Cicero 1-1, Burkins 1-(minus 6).
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