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Wisconsin Badgers Game Day: Minnesota

James White neared 100 yards in the first half and added two touchdowns, while the Gophers have kept this one closer than many of us probably expected.

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Badgers Retain The Axe, Down Gophers, 38-13

The Golden Gophers had no answer for James White and Montee Ball, as the Badgers racked up 337 rushing yards and retained Paul Bunyan's Axe.

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Montee Ball Returns

After leaving earlier in the third quarter with an apparent left ankle injury, Montee Ball returned to Saturday's game against Minnesota. Ball rushed for a loss of one yard on the last play of the third quarter, after which the Badgers will have a 2nd-and-11 from their 40-yard line. Wisconsin currently leads, 24-13.

Ball has rushed 17 times for 73 yards, just 4.3 per carry. James White, though, has enjoyed his finest game in a while, gaining 159 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries.

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Montee Ball Leaves Game in 3rd Quarter

After a 15-yard rush in the third quarter, Montee Ball jogged off the field with an apparent left ankle injury. Wisconsin finished the drive with a 33-yard Kyle French field goal to boost its lead over Minnesota to 17-6 , though Ball's status remains unknown. While getting treatment on the sideline, Ball's injury didn't look too severe. We'll update his status as soon as more is known.

Before exiting the game, Ball had rushed 16 times for 74 yards.

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The Battle For Paul Bunyan's Axe

What's that Minnesota chant again?

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Report: Gophers to Start Freshman QB Nelson

Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports Minnesota will sacrifice the redshirt year of Philip Nelson by starting him Saturday afternoon against Wisconsin.

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Checking In On Minnesota

Wisconsin's Week 8 contest is The Battle For Paul Bunyan's Axe against a Minnesota squad that has dropped two straight after a strong start.

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