Sunday, November 30, 2014

Wisconsin wins Battle for the Axe, trip to Big Ten title game

Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon (25) is upended by Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun on an 8-yard run in the first quarter of a game at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.

 Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive back Cedric Thompson (2) defends a first down pass caught by Wisconsin Badgers tight end Sam Arneson in the first quarter.

Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive back Damarius Travis (7) attempts to trip Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon on a 23-yard first down run in the first quarter.

Wisconsin Badgers head coach Gary Andersen runs onto the field for a timeout late in the second quarter. 

Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Joel Stave (2) throws to tight end Sam Arneson, foreground, for a first down in the third quarter.

Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Marcus Trotter (59) and teammates celebrate their stop of Minnesota Golden Gophers running back David Cobb (27), bottom left, bringing up fourth down in the third quarter. 

Minnesota Golden Gophers linebacker De'Vondre Campbell (26) pulls Wisconsin Badgers running back Corey Clement (6) down by the helmet, short of a first down in the third quarter.

Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun (29) misses a tackle on Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon on run for a first down in the fourth quarter. 

Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon jumps into the arms of fullback Derek Watt after Gordon's fourth quarter touchdown run.

Wisconsin Badgers safety Michael Caputo (7) and linebacker Marcus Trotter, left, force a fumble by Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner in the fourth quarter. Leidner recovered the ball.

Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Robert Wheelwright makes a fourth quarter touchdown catch past Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive back Damarius Travis (7).

Wisconsin Badgers cornerback Peniel Jean (21) and his teammates pretend to chop down a goalpost with Paul Bunyan's Axe after their win.

Wisconsin Badgers linebackers Derek Landisch (30) and Marcus Trotter (59) celebrate with Paul Bunyan's Axe after their team's win.

Wisconsin Badgers head coach Gary Andersen celebrates with linebacker Derek Landisch, left, and cornerback Peniel Jean, right, after their win.

Wisconsin Badgers head coach Gary Andersen kisses the Big Ten West Division Trophy after the team's win over Minnesota. Nose guard Warren Herring (45) gestures to fans, while athletic director and former football coach Barry Alvarez, right, looks on.

Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Rob Havenstein holds the Big Ten West Division Trophy in a post-game ceremony.

Wisconsin Badgers head coach Gary Andersen and safety Lubern Figaro (31) walk off the field with the Big Ten West Division Trophy after their win.
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