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Gophers, Gray trounce New Hampshire in home opener, 44-7

The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers upped their season record to 2-0 with a convincing 44-7 home opener victory over New Hampshire Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.
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The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers upped their season record to 2-0 with a convincing 44-7 home opener victory over New Hampshire Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium, the Star Tribune reports.

Quarterback MarQueis Gray was a huge standout for the Gophers, with two rushing and two passing touchdowns on the way to the maroon and gold's 30-7 lead at halftime.

The Gophers drew first blood with a safety in the first quarter, followed by a Gray TD toss to take a 9-0 lead. New Hampshire answered with a touchdown late in the first quarter to trip Minnesota's lead to 9-7, but were held scoreless the rest of the game.

The game marked the Gopher's biggest margin of victory since Nov. 4, 2006, when the team steamrolled over Indiana, 63-26.

The early victory means a restful latter half of the day for Coach Jerry Kill, who tells the Star Tribune that morning kick-offs help him avoid full-day of anxiety.

The victory had Gopher fans lighting up Twitter -- some going so far as suggesting a trip to the Rose Bowl, reports the Pioneer Press.

The Gophers return to TCF Bank Stadium next Saturday to take on Western Michigan. Game time is 11 a.m.

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