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GAME NOTES: No. 12 Wisconsin 38, No. 8 Minnesota 17

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The Badgers blitzed the Gophers and got their Axe back. Who said what about what after the game?

Wisconsin v Minnesota Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Game notes and quotes

  • Paul Chryst on what Wisconsin went to Minnesota to do:
  • Paul Chryst’s post-game presser, courtesy of 247Sports
  • PJ Fleck doesn’t understand how the B1G handles conference championships...
  • Chris Orr and Zack Baun the first two, to get to the axe, following the win. Wouldn’t want it any other way...
  • Wisconsin savagely trolling Minnesota...
  • Chris Orr gained so many new hats today.
  • Caesar Williams had himself a game against the Gophers.

Game notes provided by UW Athletic Department

  • The Badgers have earned their sixth berth to the Big Ten Football Championship Game in the event’s nine-year history — the most of any league school.
  • Wisconsin now owns a 61-60-8 lead in the all-time series with Minnesota.
  • The Badgers have won 22 of their last 24 meetings with the Gophers, dating to 1995.
  • Wisconsin has won its last eight games vs. the Gophers in Minneapolis and owns a 6-0 record in TCF Bank Stadium.
  • Wisconsin improved to 7-0 vs. Minnesota in games in which both teams are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 (also won in 1942, 1954, 1962, 1999, 2005, 2014).
  • The Badgers have won 22 of their last 24 games with a rivalry trophy on the line (vs. Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska), dating to 2010.
  • Redshirt freshman RB Isaac Guerendo made the first kickoff return of his career in the 3rd quarter, accounting for 49 yards of a 56-yard return after taking a toss from Aron Cruickshank.
  • Senior OLB Zack Baun had a team-high nine tackles and recorded a pair of sacks, giving him 11.5 on the season. He moves into ninth on the Badgers’ single-season list.
  • Baun and Chris Orr (11.5) combine to give Wisconsin multiple players with double-digit sacks in a season for just the second time in school history (Tarek Saleh had 14.0 and Bryan Jurewicz 10.0 in 1996).
  • Junior CB Caesar Williams posted his second-career interception and tallied a career-high four passes broken up.
  • Junior FB Mason Stokke had two carries for 14 yards and set career-highs with three catches for 30 yards.
  • The Badgers held Minnesota to 372 total yards and 76 yards rushing. Both marks qualify as the Gophers’ second-lowest totals of the season.