UW wins Axe for seventh straight timeRegional Sports
-- Led by senior John Clay and freshman James White, the Wisconsin Badgers rolled to the biggest win margin in their rivalry with Minnesota, 41-23.
MADISON - Led by senior John Clay and freshman James White, the Wisconsin Badgers rolled to the biggest win margin in their rivalry with Minnesota, 41-23.
Clay rushed for 111 yards and three touchdowns, while White banged his way to 118 yards and two scores. The win means Paul Bunyan's axe stays in Wisconsin for a seventh straight year. White has eight TDs in his last three games. Minnesota tried to break the jinx by wearing white helmets and uniforms on an unseasonably hot day in Camp Randall Stadium -- but it didn't work.
Minnesota coach Tim Brewster was hot after the game because Wisconsin went for a two-point conversion with six and a half minutes left while holding a big lead. The score was just 14-9 at half time, but the Badgers blew it open with a pair of scores in the third period.
Adam Weber threw for 249 yards and three touchdowns for the Golden Gophers (1-5, 0-2), but completed only 11-of-25 passes and was sacked twice. DeLeon Eskridge had a team-high 72 rushing yards as Minnesota dropped its fifth straight game. D'Jon McKnight caught two TD passes for the U.
Wisconsin's record is 5-1, including 1-1 in Big Ten Conference play and will play No. 1 ranked Ohio State Saturday at 6 p.m. in Madison. Minnesota is at Purdue, who upset No. 25 Northwestern 20-16 in Evanston Saturday evening. In other Big Ten action, Ohio State beat Indiana 38-3, Illinois won at Penn State 33-13 and No.17 Michigan State crushed No. 18 Michigan 34-17