Once Wisconsin turned Melvin Gordon loose on Auburn, there was no stopping the nation’s leading rusher. Gordon ran for an Outback Bowl-record 251 yards and three touchdowns, and Rafael Gaglianone kicked a 25-yard field goal in overtime to give the 17th-ranked Badgers a 34-31 victory over the No. 19 Tigers on Thursday.
Another come-from-behind win lifted Wisconsin to a Big Ten division title. Melvin Gordon ran for 151 yards and accounted for two scores, and the 14th-ranked Badgers rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to beat No. 22 Minnesota 34-24 on Saturday night to earn a trip to the conference championship game.
For once, elusive running back Melvin Gordon got stuck in a crowd on the field.
It happened at Minnesota on Nov. 23, 2013, a 20-7 victory for Wisconsin. The Badgers won their 10th straight in the not-so-friendly Big Ten rivalry. Some pushing and shoving ensued after Wisconsin claimed Paul Bunyan’s Axe for another year.
No, this was not an instant replay, though it certainly is turning into a highlight loop that Aaron Harrison and his Kentucky teammates could get used to watching.
Mark Zengerle’s rebound goal in overtime lifted Wisconsin to a 5-4 victory over Ohio State on Saturday night in the inaugural Big Ten hockey championship game, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Zengerle and Nic Kerdiles each had two assists, and the Badgers (24-10-2) won for the 10th time in 12 games. This one required a serious rally as Wisconsin trailed 4-2 with 6:52 remaining in regulation after Tanner Fritz scored for the Buckeyes.
Ben Brust scored a career-high 29 points and Frank Kaminsky had 12 rebounds to lead No. 12 Wisconsin to an 83-57 rout over Minnesota 83-57 in Friday’s Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.
Minnesota has the sixth seed for the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament, and the Gophers will bring two of the conference’s biggest stars to the event. The Gophers finished 8-8 in Big Ten play and 19-11 overall. They’ll play 11th seed Wisconsin in Indianapolis in the opening round Thursday night.
Frank Kaminsky scored 17 points, and No. 21 Wisconsin regained some of its frontcourt swagger in a 78-70 win Thursday night over Minnesota.
Minnesota shooting guard Andre Hollins has injured his left ankle, forcing him out of the game against ninth-ranked Wisconsin just 16 seconds in.
Saturday’s game at TCF Bank Stadium will be a renewed rivalry. “I can’t wait, I seriously cannot wait,” said Gopher fan Corbett Bjerk. “I’ve been itching about this for the last week or so.”
In the midst of their longest winning streak in two seasons, defensive lineman Beau Allen and linebacker Chris Borland admit there hasn’t been one moment that has defined the recent dominance of the Badgers’ senior-laden defense. Basically all it took was a little time for all the pieces to come together.
Wisconsin is surging out of the WCHA. One more win would send the Badgers to the tournament they truly want to win.
Minnesota scored three times on the power play to beat Wisconsin 3-2 on Friday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Gopher coach Tubby Smith celebrates with his team after their win against the Badgers.
A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema has agreed to become the new coach at Arkansas.