Badgers defeat Gophers for tenth straight time, retain axe and break Gopher streak

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A photo of TCF Bank Stadium at dusk with Minneapolis in the background. Photo Credit: Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report.

The Minnesota Gophers fall to the Wisconsin Badgers at home, breaking their four game win streak.  TCF Bank Stadium had a record 50,000 plus person crowd to witness the game and the stands were full of both maroon and red coats, blankets and hats.  The temperature was 15 degrees during the game and a steady wind made the air frigid.  Despite the loss head coach Jerry Kill was  upbeat in the press conference saying that the loss does and should hurt but if a team can’t move forward they are destined to lose again.

The Gophers’ offense could not get started in this game.  The Gophers amassed only 185 yards on the game, they averaged 420 yards per game in their four wins, and turned the ball over three times on three fumbles.

The Gophers could not get a drive going as every drive in the first three quarters ended with a fumble (three lost) or punt.  They had three consecutive drive for negative yardage (-13, -2, -3 yards) to end the first half and open the second half.  The Gophers’ last two drives ended with the team turning the ball over on downs.  The Gophers averaged just 14.6 yards per possession and scored no offensive points in the game against the Badgers.

The Gophers’ points came on an interception by Aaron Hill and his 39 return for a touchdown.

The Badgers, on the other hand, scores two touchdowns and two field goals in a somewhat underwhelming performance for them, but they come away with a win none the less.

The box score and key stats are as follows:

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Final

Wisconsin Badgers

3

10

7

0

20

Minnesota Gophers

0

7

0

0

7

 

Scoring Plays
1st quarter – 11:11 Wisconsin Jack Russell hits a 31 yard field goal. Badgers up 3-0.
2nd quarter – 13:29 Minnesota Aaron Hill intercepts the ball and returns 39 yards for the touchdown. Gophers take the lead 7-3.
2nd quarter – 3:14 Wisconsin James White runs in for a 1 yard touchdown, PAT good. Badgers up 10-3.
2nd quarter – 0:03 Wisconsin Jack Russell hits a 20 yard field goal. Badgers up 13-0.
3rd quarter – 7:55 Wisconsin Joel Stave hits Jared Abbrederis for a 2 yard TD pass, PAT good. Badgers lead 20-7.

 

The Minnesota Gophers fall to 8-3 on the year and have their four game winning streak end at four.  They will travel to the stingy Michigan State Spartans next week to wrap up their 2013 regular season schedule.

Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report for coverage of the rest of the season as well as information on the Gophers’ bowl schedule.