Three of Minnesota's sophomores combined for 44 points in a 79-56 win over North Dakota.
After being cleared from concussion protocol just before kickoff, quarterback Tanner Morgan threw for 211 yards and four touchdowns to beat Northwestern.
In front of the home fans, Minnesota managed to find a rhythm on offense, handing Central Michigan its first defeat of the season
In his final season, senior linebacker Thomas Barber is trying to cement his family legacy by helping elevate the Gophers to heights his father and siblings never experienced while they were on the team.
The Gophers' undefeated season is over after losing to Iowa 23-19.
The Gophers dropped their third consecutive game.
"We've done a lot of things we haven't done in a while," said senior Carter Coughlin. "We're going to keep that same mentality, and trust me when I say this week, we are going to practice harder than we've ever practiced. We've got our eyes fixed on the goal, which is going 1-0 in the Iowa season."
Minnesota's offense struggled against Butler, shooting 33 percent from the field.
Missed opportunities cost Minnesota as they surrendered a second-half lead.
"Just seeing the stadium and how much it meant to the fans was really cool," said quarterback Tanner Morgan. "When they rushed the field, that's a moment I'll never forget."