Minnesota got its 2019 season kicked off in the right direction when it defeated South Dakota State 28-21.

Sure, the Golden Gophers could have played better. But, a win is a win. A lot of teams would love to be 1-0 right now.

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One of the plays that stood out in the seven-point victory on Thursday night was a catch from Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman.

It could arguably be the catch of the year in college football. Bateman impressed and on Tuesday, Fleck talked about a player who is becoming a household name:

We’ll see exactly how defenses adjust now that people know about Bateman. Will that help free up other players?

The other players — across the entire roster — have done a great job in the film room as well according to Fleck:

If the Gophers are continuing to showcase the talent they have and they are willing to learn and get better in the film room week in and week out, Minnesota may be a team to look for in the B1G West.

Minnesota travels to play Fresno State for Week 2 on Saturday, Sept. 7.