Jon Krawczynski / Associated Press, Published November 23 2013
Badgers beat Minnesota in football for 10th straight time
When its ground game faced a surprisingly spirited challenge from upstart Minnesota, all the Badgers had to do was lean on that bone-crushing defense to win their sixth in a row.
James White rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and No. 16 Wisconsin beat Minnesota for the 10th straight time in a 20-7 victory on Saturday.
Jared Abbrederis had seven catches for 67 yards and a touchdown and Chris Borland recovered two fumbles and forced one to tie the NCAA record for career fumbles caused. After the game, the Badgers (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) hoisted Paul Bunyan’s Axe and used it to chop the Gophers goal post when time ran out.
“We knew we’d won nine straight and 10 is kind of a solid number there, it’s been a good decade for us,” Borland said. “We’re very proud of our tradition and we’ve had guys from those previous teams come back and speak with us. We’re proud to build on it.”
The Badgers forced three turnovers and held Minnesota to 185 total yards to dash any hopes the Gophers had of ending the longest losing streak in a rivalry that dates to 1890.
Aaron Hill returned an interception for a touchdown and David Cobb rushed for 68 yards for the Golden Gophers (8-3, 4-3). But Philip Nelson completed just 7 of 23 passes for 83 yards and the Gophers couldn’t get anything going against that Badgers defense.
“That’s the most underrated football team in the country,” said Gophers coach Jerry Kill, who spent the day in the coaches’ box, just as he has the previous four games since returning from a leave of absence to treat his epilepsy.
After the Badgers pretended to chop down one goal post, they started to cross the field toward the other end. The Gophers encircled the goalpost in front of their student section and refused to let the Badgers do it to the other one. There was some pushing and shoving, but the confrontation ended without incident.
“It’s a pride thing,” Nelson said.
Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen was the most vocal about the situation, saying he wasn’t pleased with campus police getting involved and pushing the Badgers away from the fray.
“Do we want them down there, do we want to get in those situations? No, we don’t want to get in those situations,” Andersen said. “But you’re supposed to carry yourself like an adult in those scenarios. I don’t need somebody pointing a finger in my face when supposedly it’s their job to take advantage of to protect and be the security for the stadium I suppose. It makes me mad.”
Wisconsin 3 10 7 0 – 20
Minnesota 0 7 0 0 – 7
Wis – FG Russell 31, 11:11.
Minn – Hill 39 interception return (Hawthorne kick), 13:29.
Wis – White 1 run (Russell kick), 3:14.
Wis – FG Russell 20, :03.
Wis – Abbrederis 2 pass from Stave (Russell kick), 7:55.
A – 53,090.
First downs 18 11
Rushes-yards 45-197 32-102
Passing 127 83
Comp-Att-Int 16-26-1 7-23-0
Return Yards 47 39
Punts-Avg. 5-33.0 6-40.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 3-3
Penalties-Yards 2-25 5-26
Time of Possession 35:11 24:49
RUSHING: Wisconsin, White 26-125, Gordon 12-69, Stave 2-10,
Abbrederis 1-6, Team 3-(minus 6), Arneson 1-(minus 7). Minnesota,
Cobb 17-68, Kirkwood 2-12, D.Jones 2-9, Nelson 9-8, Wolitarsky 1-7,
Team 1-(minus 2).
PASSING: Wisconsin, Stave 16-26-1-127. Minnesota, Nelson 7-23-0-83.
RECEIVING: Wisconsin, Abbrederis 7-67, Pedersen 5-45, White 2-1,
Wozniak 1-9, Fredrick 1-5. Minnesota, M.Williams 2-31, Cobb 2-14,
D.Jones 1-31, Fruechte 1-7, Maye 1-0.