Minnesota-Wisconsin Postgame Notes

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Oct. 20, 2012

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SERIES NOTES

  • Minnesota and Wisconsin met for the 122nd time today, continuing the most-played rivalry in college football.
  • With the loss, Minnesota's edge in the all-time series fell to 58-55-8, including a 21-33-6 mark in Madison.
  • The Gophers' loss was their ninth in a row to the Badgers and equaled the longest streak by either side in the series. Minnesota won nine games in a row from 1933-41.
  • In the Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe, Wisconsin improved its lead in the trophy series to 38-24-3
  • Minnesota has not defeated Wisconsin since notching a 37-34 victory at the Metrodome in 2003. The Gophers' last win in Madison was a 17-14 victory in 1994. Since then, Minnesota has dropped nine in a row at Camp Randall Stadium.

TEAM NOTES

  • Minnesota's dropped its third straight game after opening the season with four straight wins.
  • The Gophers have now opened Big Ten play with three straight losses for three consecutive seasons.
  • All three of the Gophers' losses this season have come vs. 2011 bowl game participants.
  • Minnesota is now 1-2 on the road this year, 0-2 in Big Ten road games.
  • The Gophers are still seeking their first Big Ten road win under head coach Jerry Kill (0-6). Minnesota's last conference road win was a 38-34 victory at Illinois on Nov. 13, 2010.
  • The Gophers were held to exactly 13 points for the third straight game - at Iowa, vs. Northwestern, at Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin is the first team to break the 400-yard mark in total offense vs. the Gophers this season.
  • The Badgers' 38 points were the most given up by Minnesota in 10 games (11/12/11 - Wisconsin, 42).
  • Minnesota started a true freshman at quarterback for the second straight season under head coach Jerry Kill. Max Shortell made his starting debut last season at Michigan on Oct. 1.
  • After not recording a sack in the last two games, the Gophers notched sacks on two plays late in the same drive during the second quarter as D.L. Wilhite and Ra'Shede Hageman combined to push Wisconsin out of scoring position.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • True freshman Philip Nelson made his first start today. He becomes the second true freshman signal caller to start in as many seasons for the Gophers and just the third all-time. Rickey Foggie (1984) and Max Shortell (2011) were the others.
  • Nelson finished the game as the Gophers' leading rusher with 67 yards on 16 carries. He also threw 149 yards on 13-for-24 passing to account for 216 of Minnesota's 245 total yards.
  • Nelson tossed his first career touchdown pass with 6:14 to go in the first quarter, hooking up with Brandon Green from 16 yards out. It was Green's first reception of the season and his fourth career TD catch. Green also hauled in a TD on his first reception last season on a 12-yard grab. He added a second in the third quarter to A.J. Barker.
  • Green ended the game with three receptions for 44 yards, his best outing since catching 4 balls for 64 yards vs. Illinois.
  • A.J. Barker snagged his fifth touchdown of the season and his career on a 12-yard catch with 0:12 seconds to play in the third quarter. He finished the game with three receptions for 36 yards.
  • Aaron Hill's seven solo stops were a career best, while his nine total tackles were one off a career high. He had 10 total tackles vs. Syracuse earlier this season.
  • Derrick Wells finished with eight tackles. It is the fourth time in seven games this season that he's had at least eight stops.
  • D.L. Wilhite was credited with his team-leading 5 1/2th sack of the season during the second quarter. Two plays later, Ra'Shede Hageman picked up his fourth sack of the year.