The Wisconsin Badgers concluded their season with a 28-14 victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers, reclaiming the Axe Trophy and ending a tumultuous season on a positive note.
Running back Braelon Allen was the star of the show, rushing for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries, despite not being fully 100 percent healthy entering the game.
Allen’s future has been a topic of discussion recently, as the junior is eligible to enter the 2024 NFL Draft, leaving questions about whether the running back would return to Wisconsin for a final season.
Following the game, the running back was asked the question, but remained mum on the decision with a smile on his face.
“I don’t know. I don’t know. You’ll find out soon enough,” Allen said of his decision.
But, if it was the running back’s final game, it was a memorable performance to go out on.
“[It meant] everything,” Allen said about going out with a victory over Minnesota if it was his final game. “As a team, all we wanted couple weeks ago, it was trying to be bowl-eligible. Once we accomplished that, obviously that came with the Freedom Trophy, but the next step was the Axe. That was a non-negotiable. We had to leave here with it. To go out like that for the regular season is amazing.”
It seems as if Allen is preparing to leave, which leaves the question of whether the running back would suit up in a potential bowl game for the Badgers.
Braelon Allen chopping down the goalposts.— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) November 25, 2023
That probably answers that question.#Badgers
But, if Allen is truly gone, he ends his career among the top 10 in rushing yards at Wisconsin, having gone for 3,494 rushing yards and 35 rushing touchdowns on 5.9 yards per carry on his career.
Allen finishes his 2023 season with 984 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on 5.4 yards per carry, muscling through various injuries to finish strong.