The junior had a 67-yard interception return for a touchdown against Middle Tennessee.
Though the Blue Raiders were without their two best players, Minnesota used a methodical path to victory.
The junior suffered a shoulder injury last week against Syracuse and had been listed as questionable.
In their final nonconference game of the season, Minnesota faces an explosive Blue Raiders team whose quarterback is battling a shoulder injury.
From the quarterback situation to bowl game speculation, here's what's on Minnesota football fans' minds.
Wide receiver Richie James and quarterback Brent Stockstill are the Blue Raiders' stars.
The team saluted mascot Goldy Gopher during his birthday week and will have his large face on its helmet against Middle Tennessee.
A team that struggled to score in the season opener had no problem with that Saturday night, when Minnesota's point total was its most on the road since 1980.
Minnesota on Saturday night in Corvallis, Ore., will try to get its offense going against an Oregon State defense that has given up 90 points in two games.
The Beavers went 6-18 in the first two years under Gary Andersen, but they built great momentum at the end of last season by crushing Arizona and beating Oregon for the first time since 2007.
P.J. Fleck got the win in his coaching debut, and he also has ammunition to show his team where it must improve.
Senior Conor Rhoda took the first snap under center in coach P.J. Fleck's Minnesota debut.
Tonight's game against Buffalo will be a new beginning for the Gophers, not to mention this writer covering them.
As expected, Conor Rhoda and Demry Croft are listed as co-starters at quarterback for Thursday night's game against Buffalo.
The Gophers honored the 50th anniversary of Bruce Smith's death with a video tribute and by coach P.J. Fleck talking to the players near Smith's grave at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
The sophomore defensive back suffered a hamstring injury early in training camp. Coach P.J. Fleck also said true freshman receiver Demetrius Douglas will start.
In the final episode of "Being P.J. Fleck,'' the coach showed off the Athletes Village that's being built and vowed to wake a sleeping giant.
The team still will greet fans and enter the stadium along with the spirit squad and the band before the game. But the route will change.
Alabama and Ohio State go 1-2 in the poll of media members. Manageable early schedule, on paper, could move Gophers into Top 25.
Though coach P.J. Fleck's decision to name co-starters at quarterback isn't popular, it isn't entirely surprising.