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Minnesota Football: Wisconsin Retains Paul Bunyan’s Axe Beating Minnesota 31-0

Undefeated Wisconsin dominates and heads to Indianapolis to face Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Minnesota Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-USA TODAY Sports

The Wisconsin Badgers keep Paul Bunyan’s Axe for the 14th consecutive year as they completely stifled the Gophers offense, winning 31-0.

Often times games will have a story to them, something interesting within the game. Could be some give and take within the game, perhaps individual battles that are fun to watch or just something interesting. But not today. This was perhaps the most uninteresting game I’ve ever witnessed.

Minnesota actually forced a punt on the Badger’s first two drives. But after that Wisconsin scored on 5 of their next 6 drives. Methodically moving the ball with balance and ease. It was only 17-0 at halftime but the game quickly got out of hand with each ensuing possession.

The one Badger turnover was a fumble in the second quarter. The Gopher defense forced a fumble and gave the ball to the offense at the Minnesota 42. The offense turned that in -7 yards and punted it right back.

Overall the Badger offense put up 31 points with 456 yards of total offense. Alex Hornibrook completed his first Big Ten game of the year without an interception and complete 15 of 19 passes for 151 yards and 3 touchdowns. Jonathan Taylor racked up 149 yards and 1 touchdown on 20 carries.

The Badger defense is every bit as good as advertised and they had very little trouble containing a Gopher offense that was depleted but really wasn’t very good to begin with. A total of 133 yards for the Gophers led to 0 points. Rodney Smith was the lone bright spot for the Gophers gaining 82 hard fought yards

This game was expected to be a Badger win without much of fight put up by the Gophers. And that’s exactly how it played out.

Moving to the offseason.