Badgers Win 8th Straight Against Rival Minnesota

The Wisconsin Badgers have won eight straight games against Minnesota, its longest winning streak in the series, with a 42-13 win over the Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

It was a record-setting day for the Badgers. Quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 178 yards and four touchdowns. Wilson has thrown 25 touchdowns on the season, a new UW single-season record.

But the biggest mark belongs to junior running back Montee Ball. Ball rushed two touchdowns and 166 yards of the teams’ 283 yards rushing. He also caught a 5-yard touchdown pass capping a drive that spanned more than eight minutes and put the Badgers up 7-0.

The three touchdowns moved Ball to 27 for the season. That not only broke the UW single-season record, but it also broke the Big Ten record for a single season. Ball’s 23 rushing touchdowns, also broke the UW record for most rushing touchdowns in a single season.

The Wisconsin defense held Minnesota to 156 yards of total offense, the lowest total by a UW opponent this season, but special teams struggled at times for the Badgers.

The Gophers scored on a fake field goal in the first half, but missed the extra point. The Badgers led 21-6, but Minnesota was driving when Antonio Fenelus picked off a Marqueis Gray pass in the red zone. The Badgers responded with a long drive and Nick Toon’s second touchdown of the game with only 51 seconds in the half. Wisconsin led 28-6 at the half.

Senior Nick Toon, who finished with a career-high eight catches for 100 yards, tied a career high with a pair of TD receptions, his third multiple-TD game of the season. Toon leads the Badgers with eight TDs on the season and has 16 in his career.

The only other score for Minnesota came at the start of the third quarter on a kickoff return for a touchdown. Duane Bennett took the kick and was untouched for a 96-yard score.

With Saturday’s win combined with Ohio State’s overtime loss to Purdue and Penn State’s loss to Nebraska, the Badgers are in control in the Leaders Division with two games to play. If they win out, they would play the Legends Division winner for the chance to go to the Rose Bowl.