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2017 Schedule
2-2, 3rd in MAC - East
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In back and forth battle, Buffalo emerges with narrow victory (2:42)
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Anderson finds Johnson along sideline for TD (0:33)
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Sturm tops Saturday's QBR performers

With his near-perfect effort (19-of-22, 292 yards, 4 TDs) in UTSA's rout of Southern, Dalton Sturm earned the top QBR from Week 3 according to ESPN's metric, just edging out Wisconsin's Alex Hornibrook, Buffalo's Tyree Jackson and Alabama's Jalen Hurts.

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Tyree Jackson hits a streaking Tyler Mabry for a big gain (0:17)
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Army fakes punt to seal victory (0:24)
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Army takes the lead with 4th-down TD (0:29)
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Army pushes through 1-yard TD (0:22)
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Nunn catches 48-yard TD for Buffalo (0:23)
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Jackson rushes for 75-yard Buffalo TD (0:27)
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Gophers grind out 17-7 win vs. Buffalo in Fleck's debut

Tyler Johnson had a 61-yard touchdown reception from Conor Rhoda in the first quarter to give Minnesota a spark in coach P.J. Fleck's first game, and the Gophers grinded out a 17-7 victory over Buffalo in the season opener on Thursday night.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

P.J. Fleck gets the 17-7 win over Buffalo in the season opener for Minnesota. The Bulls were 24.5-point underdogs earlier this week. Entering the game, this felt like an opportunity for Fleck to show off. But this is clearly an offense that's still searching for a rhythm.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Minnesota offense feels so scripted. And that's the problem. On the play before the last missed field goal, the out route was covered. Conor Rhoda nearly threw an interception as he tried to force the ball. Have to know that play is dead and freestyle when you're in the red zone like that.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Minnesota has some defensive playmakers. But they're still inconsistent on offense against Buffalo. They're getting a lot from Tyler Johnson, but they should be dominating the run game against a rush defense ranked 124th out of 128 FBS schools last season (253.3 yards per game allowed). But they're not.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

P.J. Fleck no closer to identifying a starting QB. Both Conor Rhoda and Demry Croft have made questionable throws and decisions today. The inexperience is obvious. Both entered the season with 17 career passes apiece on their resumes.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Impressed by Antoine Winfield Jr. Just blocked a field goal attempt. Had a sack earlier. He's flying to the ball on every play. Focused energy. You gotta have those playmakers on defense to compete with good teams in the Big Ten. Great start for Winfield. Love his drive.

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Johnson breaks free for a big Minnesota TD (0:30)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Buffalo wide receiver Anthony Johnson eating up Minnesota secondary. Just turned a 50-plus yard reception into a TD in the back of the end zone on the next play. This is supposed to be P.J. Fleck's showcase against an overmatched opponent. But Buffalo not backing down.

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Pumped-up Fleck leads Minnesota on field for first time (0:21)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Conor Rhoda hits Tyler Johnson across the middle for the 61-yard touchdown. Good pass to Johnson, who just sprinted past Buffalo. Minnesota should make those plays all night against overmatched opponent.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

P.J. Fleck Era begins with two of four pregame parachuters missing their landings and smacking the ground. They're OK. But didn't look good.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Every seat on press row at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis has a pack of this coffee, which features P.J. Fleck's trademarked "Row the Boat" phrase. Opener against Buffalo tonight.

AP Photo/Don Heupel
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Evans of '58 Buffalo integration stand dies

Willie Evans, the star black halfback of Buffalo's 1958 team that balked at competing in the Tangerine Bowl because of a rule barring integrated football games, has died. He was 79.

Team Stats

Passing Yards210.584th
Rushing Yards169.065th
Points For22.8109th
Points Against19.8Tied-37th

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