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Wisconsin Badgers Hang on to Paul Bunyan’s Axe, Defeat Gophers 20-7


It wasn’t a pretty win for the Wisconsin Badgers but they’ll take it as they defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 20-7, keeping Paul Bunyan’s Axe in Madison for the 10th straight year.

The first half saw both teams struggle, but the Badgers were able to head into the locker room at halftime clinging onto a 13-7. After being down early 7-3, the Badgers scored 13 unanswered points and never looked back.

In typical James White fashion, the senior running back had another great game on the ground. Hitting 100 yards before halftime, White finished with 125 yards on 26 carries and one touchdown. Quarterback Joel Stave also threw for one touchdown and finished the day with 127 yards on 16-26 passing and one pick.

Once again the Badgers defense comes up big, not allowing an offensive touchdown for the third straight Big Ten game. Chris Borland had his FBS tying 14th forced fumble in this game, not only stripping the ball but coming up with it as well. The defense not only sacked Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson twice and forced three fumbles, but held the Gophers to only 185 total yards in the game. Nelson was held to only 7-23 passing for 83 yards and zero touchdowns. Running back David Cobb was shut down, running for only 68 yards on 17 carries.

The Badgers improve to 9-2 overall, 6-1 in the Big Ten heading into the season finale against Penn State next week. Wisconsin as of now sits 19th in the BCS standings and hopefully knocking off a good Minnesota team will move the Badgers up and closer to the all-mighty 14th spot.

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