Wisconsin Badgers defeat Minnesota Golden Gophers, 31-28

Minneapolis — You didn't think this was going to be easy, did you?

Shame on you.

Victories in this longstanding rivalry between the University of Wisconsin and Minnesota rarely come without a cost, regardless of who claims Paul Bunyan's Axe at the end of the day.

Rather, these games usually are filled with surreal moments, unpredictable plays and momentum swings that test even the strongest of stomachs and wills.

"That is how all our games are," junior left gua...

Minneapolis — University of Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien, who handed the ball to John Clay 32 times, probably had the best seat in TCF Bank Stadium to watch the powerful sophomore tailback pound on Minnesota's weary defense.

"I thought he was just an animal," Tolzien said. "He was definitely punishing guys."

Punishment came in the form of a collegiate-high 184 yards and three touchdowns in UW's 31-28 Big Ten Conference victory over the rival Gophers on Saturda...

Minneapolis — Of all the things that are different about Wisconsin football this season, here's one change that has helped keep the Badgers unbeaten through five games:

"We (forced) turnovers last year," coach Bret Bielema said, "but we didn't turn them into points."

Are the opportunistic Badgers ever doing it at the start of Big Ten Conference season or what?

In the league opener against Michigan State and then Saturday against Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium, Wisc...