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Wisconsin tops Minnesota to keep Paul Bunyan’s Axe in Madison

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No. 19 Wisconsin (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) once again will maintain possession of Paul Bunyan’s Axe after shutting the door on No. 25 Minnesota (8-3, 4-3 Big Ten), 20-7 Saturday afternoon. The Badgers kept the Gophers offense off the scoreboard in the win and now Wisconsin can hope for some help from above in the standings to make a late BCS at-large push.

Joel Stave completed a short two-yard touchdown pass to Jared Abbrederis in the third quarter to cap a 12 play drive spanning 83 yards. The score gave Wisconsin a 20-7 lead and that was all of the scoring in the second half. James White rushed for a game-high 125 yards and one touchdown to help the Badgers control the time of possession. Wisconsin only managed to put together 318 yards of offense but the defense was more than up to the task of holding down an inspired Minnesota team. The Gophers managed just 185 yards against Wisconsin.

Wisconsin has one more game to play to make a case for a BCS at-large spot, although the competition for a BCS spot may be pretty deep. The Badgers wrap up the regular season next weekend at home against Penn State. Penn State clipped Wisconsin in overtime in State College last season.

Minnesota will conclude their regular season at Michigan State. The Spartans clinched a spot in the Big Ten championship game with a win Saturday at Northwestern.

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8 Responses to “Wisconsin tops Minnesota to keep Paul Bunyan’s Axe in Madison”
  1. otis52gsh says: Nov 23, 2013 7:10 PM

    10 in a row that’s impressive, and you can take that to the bank. Not even close when the Minnesota ” offensive” can’t even score 1 point. And there were some loudmouths on here saying this would be a close game. Interested to hear their input now. Let me guess, it was the officiating right? Lame.

  2. normtide says: Nov 23, 2013 7:48 PM

    Wisconsin is maybe the best team no one is talking about. There really needs to be a push to get UCF ranked ahead if Fresno. A team like Wisconsin or OKSTATE should not be left out of a BCS bowl for Fresno or NIU.

  3. wisconsinhillfolk says: Nov 23, 2013 8:43 PM

    We came to see you at the “Bank”, but looks like you didn’t show up.

  4. allday420ap says: Nov 24, 2013 12:43 AM

    fyi wisconsin is full of drunks and kkk members

  5. thesconnienation says: Nov 24, 2013 1:27 AM

    You stay classy Gophers!

  6. thesconnienation says: Nov 24, 2013 1:28 AM

    allday420ap says:
    Nov 24, 2013 12:43 AM
    fyi wisconsin is full of drunks and kkk members


    Even worse . . . Minnesota is full of Minnesotans.

  7. fmc651 says: Nov 25, 2013 4:12 PM

    Wisconsin got ripped off in ASU game or people are talking about this team. I think this team has a better defense than MSU. And their offense is much better. The only thing negative about the badgers is their fans.

  8. fmc651 says: Nov 25, 2013 4:14 PM

    Sconnie is not cool stop it. You sound like that a h o le John Anderson from bspn. Why would you repeat anything that dork says?

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