Wisconsin Badgers defeat Minnesota Golden Gophers, 41-23

Madison — Early in the fourth quarter, only a 180-pound freshman defensive back stood in the way of John Clay and the end zone.

The Minnesota player not only lost that battle against the big Wisconsin tailback, the Gopher also lost his helmet as Clay knocked him to the turf on the way to his third touchdown.

On UW's next possession, freshman tailback James White nearly faked a couple of Gophers into the first row of Camp Randall Stadium on his way to an astonishing 2...

Madison — Drama was in short supply in the closing seconds at Camp Randall Stadium.

The student section had thinned out on a gorgeous, sun-splashed Saturday afternoon. The remaining fans were reserved rather than raucous, perhaps waiting for the Wisconsin players to grab Paul Bunyan's Axe and parade around the field one more time.

UW was in the process of subduing rival Minnesota for the seventh consecutive season, 41-23, to establish the Badgers' longest winning str...

Madison — When the Ohio State coaches study the performance of Wisconsin's secondary in the Badgers' victory over Minnesota Saturday, they might decide to give quarterback Terrelle Pryor the green light to throw the ball all over the field.

UW surrendered three touchdowns and 249 yards passing. A whopping 205 of those yards came on six completions, including four in the fourth quarter.

Cornerback Niles Brinkley gave up a 9-yard touchdown pass to MarQueis Gray in the ...

Madison — Even on the occasion of Wisconsin and Minnesota symbolically parting ways with the Big Ten's divisional split beginning next season, but never each other's company thanks to the league's protected-rivalries mandate, there are always reasons to appreciate an overgrown Axe.

Swing it, and you're guaranteed to reclaim personal space.

Although it takes up too much room, it looks cool in a trophy case.

On a wondrous 80-degree early October afternoon like Satur...