Wisconsin started the game off by allowing a touchdown before battling their way back and claiming the victory. The Badgers defense forced a fumble, an interception, and a turnover on downs as the Golden Gophers struggled to find any rhythm offensively. In what could be his final game as a Badger, running back Braelon Allen carried the ball 26 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wisconsin offense.
Wisconsin Football Defeats Minnesota 28-14, Improves to 7-5 on the Season
The Wisconsin football team has finished their regular season with a 7-5 record in the first season under Head Coach Luke Fickell. To say Wisconsin football fans are disappointed would be an understatement given the hopes and expectations the team had going into the season. However, it is now clear that growth will take longer than expected for the Badgers, Fickell, and the staff.
On the first drive of the game against Minnesota, the Wisconsin defense allowed the Golden Gophers to drive 72-yards and score a touchdown. A 15-yard pass interference penalty also helped Minnesota, which got the game off to an ugly start for the Badgers. Wisconsin seemed to come alive and play with true energy when they drove 86-yards in 11 plays as Braelon Allen scored a 5-yard touchdown to tie the game.
Wisconsin football allowed Minnesota to drive during their next possession as they took the lead, 14-7, once again. The Badgers responded with a touchdown of their own after quarterback Tanner Mordecai connected on two deep throws before finding Will Pauling open for 11-yards. Pauling scored his third touchdown of the year to help knot the score at 14 for the Badgers.
The Wisconsin Badgers football staff and their players had been preaching a need for physicality and effort the last few weeks. What has been said in the meetings and after the games has appeared to resonate with the Badgers as the play played their best football all season in the second half. It was all Wisconsin football as Allen scored his second touchdown of the day to help secure the victory.
On the defensive side of the ball, safety Hunter Wohler recorded 12 tackles to lead the Badgers. Defensive back Nyzier Fourqurean recorded seven tackles, including a sack, in his best game yet as a Wisconsin Badger.
A Look Ahead: Wisconsin Badgers Football Awaits Bowl Decision
After successfully capping off the regular season with two victories, the Wisconsin football team will now await their bowl announcement. Bowl season is nearly upon the college football fans and Wisconsin football is going bowling for the 22nd straight season. Wisconsin will need to wait until the regular season and conference games complete before bowl selections will begin.
At this point in time, many expect the Badgers to face a ranked opponent in a bowl game given their record. However, Wisconsin could potentially face a successful team outside of the Power Five.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Wisconsin Badgers currently hold Paul Bunyan's Axe, having reclaimed it after a win against Minnesota with a 28-14 victory, ending a two-year absence of the coveted trophy in their possession.
The Paul Bunyan's Axe, a symbol of the football rivalry between the University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota, was crafted by the "W" Club at Wisconsin in 1948. This iconic trophy was created to mark the history of the competition after the original trophy, the "Slab of Bacon," went missing.
Braelon Allen, the Wisconsin running back, suffered a lower left leg injury during the second quarter against Ohio State, leading to his early exit from the game. His injury raised concerns about his availability for upcoming matches in the season.